Goldfrapp: Tales of Us

18 Dec

So after spending years wishing I understood the reference in Hard Candy, I finally got around to listening to Goldfrapp.

Although known as an electronic duo since their debut in 2000, Goldfrapp’s sixth studio album is one of the most acoustic collections of music I’ve listened to this month. Alison Goldfrapp’s breathy, ethereal soprano is backgrounded mostly by simplistic acoustic guitar and piano, with synth  and strings and occasionally fluttering – sometimes dramatically lingering – across the frame.

Delicate and uncomplicatedly beautiful, Tales of Us is a collection of songs that sound like they were collected in a jar from a misty, mythical highland, or some similarly fantastical cinematic landscape. I particularly enjoyed the rousing string components in Drew and Ulla.

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