New Music: Goldfrapp’s Return to Glam

For a blog created to promote new music (see motto/mission statement above), I have certainly been focusing on a lot of old music lately. So this week I will be highlighting some more recent music I’ve been listening to.

Simon Reynolds‘s latest book, Shock & Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century, is excellent, great on the music and on its cultural context. However, I was a bit surprised by an absence from the last chapter, “Aftershocks: A Partial Inventory of Glam Echoes and Reflections,” which surveys the music influenced by the classic glam Reynolds had covered in such detail. The timeline includes punks, new romantics, hair metal, electroclash and K-pop; Kate Bush, Ke$ha, Kanye, Beyoncé, Sia, Nicki Minaj and, of course, Lady Gaga.

But there is not one mention of Goldfrapp.

Like Alice Cooper and Blondie, Goldfrapp is a band, featuring Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. And Goldfrapp has created some of the most hook-filled British glam of the past decade and a half, such as “Ooh La La” from 2005:

Goldfrapp’s last album, 2013’s Tales of Us, was a more sedate affair, still top notch, but filled with slower, more melancholy and emotional songs. But judging by her recently released single, “Anymore,” . . .

. . . her upcoming album, Silver Eye (out March 31), will again be bathed in glitter.

Ooh-la-la indeed!


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