Friday Nite Spotlight: Goldfrapp – Black Cherry


Meet Goldfrapp, a band from Bath, England, headed up by the frightening/fascinating Alison Goldfrapp. I love to see female artists who are sexy and powerful like Alison is, she’s very feminine, but not in a male-defined way. She defines herself with confidence … and changes with the music.

According to their website, the band Goldfrapp sees each record as an “alternative reality”. Their first album was very trippy and dreamy, hesitant almost. The second, Black Cherry is more arty-pop-electronic-polished and it has a vulnerable quality to some the lyrics… very personal. Supernature from 2006 is their club dance record — so over-the-top glam that it almost has a circus flavor… then in 2009 they released an acoustic-electronic album called Seventh Tree. Some of the incarnations of this band work better than others. But what keeps us on the edge of our seats is that you never know what they’re gonna come up with next.

Most of the time Alison Goldfrapp hides behind a mask of sorts, an image. But on this record the subjects seem to jump out as coming from a deeper place… and you get a peek behind the image. Still mysterious, still having that chanting quality that lifts you out of the everyday… Black Cherry takes a step into a surreal emotional world.

Michele Myers spins Nite Life on KEXP every Friday at 9pm. Each week she spotlights an album on air. She also produces KEXP Documentaries and hosts “Wake Up” Thursday mornings on WNYE Radio New York.

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One Comment

  1. icastico
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    This one threw me when it first came out. Felt Mountain was one of my favorites, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the new sound. Now…love it.

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