Music Review – Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
Marked by a combination of sensual, smooth, and poppy vibes, this UK based electro-glam duo’s third album, Supernature, is easy to fall in love with. Seventh Tree, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory’s newest installation, takes a dramatic sidestep from the danceable funk we became addicted to with Supernature. Turning the dial down a few notches, Seventh Tree finds the duo settling into down-tempo rhythms and ambient synths.
Many of the earlier cuts on the album could soundtrack a modern yoga class, sans the trip-hop beats. As you listen to the opening track, “Clowns,” Goldfrapp’s voice saturates your mind as you retreat into Zen heaven. Psychedelic nuances fill every track, all the way to the highlight, “Caravan Girl.”
As if the duo had a short-lived burst of enthusiasm at the end of the album, this cut is less dreamy, and more synth-rock oriented, with rolling drums, choral harmonies, and distinct lyrics, a la pre-mainstream Killers. It reminds us that Supernature had a great influence on the radio, as it pushed Goldfrapp into household stereos. Conversely, Seventh Tree does not produce a track one might expect to hear on the radio; but no complaints here. Thankfully, Goldfrapp lead us back to the underground/indie groove that established them in the first place. The tenth and final track “Monster Love” is as close to a lullaby as you can get; a perfect way to close this set.
While the album might not make it into your “workout” playlist, it should fit well alongside your massage oils and chamomile tea. Give it a spin as you are driving home from a wild night out, or just to help you sink into that favorite cozy chair back at home. You might find that you not only love to rock with Goldfrapp, but you love to unwind with them too.
Kyle J. Malenfant