Goldfrapp’s return couldn’t be Anymore welcome

It’s been close to four years since we heard anything new from Goldfrapp, but they’re back in 2017 with a hot new single, Anymore, and plans to release their first new album since 2013.

That album’s name is Silver Eye, and if you’re keen as a bean to get your hands on it, you can pre-order it via this link. If Anymore is anything to go by, it’ll be equally as awesome as all previous six albums the duo has released. As the new song repeats in its catchy chorus, “I can’t wait anymore”.

About a month ago, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, who make up the duo, posted a pic to a new Instagram account with nothing more than the hashtag #goldfrapp7, alluding to the seventh album, which has since been confirmed. It was thought that pic was a reference to the album artwork, given it followed six previous posts featuring the artwork of their previous six albums.

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There had been rumours the new record might be more organic than the electronically-laden sounds of previous records, based on comments made by Goldfrapp a while back, and also because of what had been produced for the band’s 2013 album Tales Of Us, which is heavy on strings and acoustic guitars. Having said that, so to was the 2000 debut album Felt Machine, but with more trip-hop tendencies that were so de rigueur of the time.

But Anymore appears to put that theory well and truly to bed. While it’s not as rich and heavy on synths as the likes of Ooh La La or Strict Machine, it is a bouncy little electro number that evokes memories of Train from the 2003 album Black Cherry. It’s got a catchy chorus, Goldfrapp’s signature breathy vocals, and the hypnotic beats that are so characteristic of the London pair’s biggest hits.

Expect to hear this one a lot in the coming months as the countdown to the album release ticks down. The first live airing of these new tunes — the album listing is beliw — will be at the end of March when Goldfrapp plays a pre-release show at the London Roundhouse. If you’re lucky enough to be there, it should be a pretty fun night.

Silver Eye Track List

Anymore
Systemagic
Tigerman
Become The One
Faux Suede Drifter
Zodiac Black
Beast That Never Was
Everything Is Never Enough
Moon in Your Mouth
Ocean

Emilie Nicolas returns with new single Sky

When I first discovered Emilie Nicolas, I was blown away. That was almost three years ago now, and I can’t believe where the time has gone. The good news is she’s back with a new single, Sky, and it’s every bit as wonderful as her previous work.

Nicolas has one of those ethereal Norwegian voices that I just can’t live without. The work she put in on her debut album, Like I’m A Warrior, was superb. I was only able to get hold of it through a friend in Oslo, who sent me the CD. I just wish her managers would expose her to a wider audience, because she’s got such a wonderful talent, it deserves to be heard far and wide. Very little is available to listen to in Australia, which sucks big time for those without contacts in Norway.

However, 2016 sounds like it was a rough one for the young songstress. After the success of that debut album, driven in part by her brilliant cover of Pstereo, she was forced to go into hiding somewhat and cancel a bunch of shows because of illness.

According to her Facebook page, she’s slowly getting better and can’t wait to get back into the swing of things in 2017. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back on stage fitter and stronger and with new material to obsess over.

 

Massive Attack emerges from the darkness with an epic EP

It’s been five long years since we heard anything from Massive Attack, but it’s certainly been worth the wait. A new four-track EP, Ritual Spirit, arrived this week, featuring collaborations with Tricky, Young Fathers, Roots Manuva, and Azekel.

Tricky’s track, Take It There, turned up on YouTube, a track produced by one half of the Bristol duo, 3D (aka Robert Del Naja), and a clip directed by Japanese Hiro Murai, whom Australian music lovers might remember for his work creating Chet Faker’s clip for Gold, the one featuring a trio of roller-skating babes and faker himself in a car wreck, which they nonchalantly roll past.

Here’s the Massive Attack clip, and it’s quite mesmerising, as is often the case with Murai’s work.

Musically, Take It There features all the hallmarks of classic Massive Attack — hypnotic beats, dark lyrics delivered via menacing whispers — but the guitar and piano work is also superb. It’s more reminiscent of the collection of tunes on Mezzanine than those on Protection, which was the last album Tricky featured on. The tension is high, and the quality exactly what you’d expect.

As for the other tracks, again they’re undeniably the creations of Massive Attack.  Dead Editors, featuring Roots Manuva, is super industrial, very blippy in parts, while title track Ritual Spirit really ramps up the drama. Azekel’s vocal work is excellent, and wow, that bass line.

Voodoo In My Blood, which features Scottish hip-hoppers Young Fathers, is perhaps the weirdest track of this quartet of tunes, but that’s not to say it still isn’t magnificent, particularly towards its final stanzas.

You can listen to Ritual Spirit in its entirety right here.

It’s great to hear these guys making wondrous noises again. If only we had an album’s worth of material to plug into, though. Still no news on that possibility as far I can tell.

White Sea comes in with a cracking newbie

Never A Woman - White Sea

Never A Woman – White Sea

White Sea, the solo project of M83’s wonderful Morgan Kibby, has emerged from a short hiatus with a cracking new track, Never A Woman.

It’s part of a second album that will arrive sometime in 2016, more than a year since Kibby released her debut album, In Cold Blood. That record certainly held true to the vibe of Anthony Gonzalez and his epic electro-pop aesthetic, and this release makes it clear little has changed in terms of how Kibby wants to express herself.

She also put out another track from the forthcoming album a few weeks ago called Stay Young, Get Stoned — an order we can all happily follow.

Kibby’s voice will be familiar to any M83 fan, and delightful it is, too. The late rush of falsetto and killer harmonies that soar above the driving bassline and synth-laden groove of Never A Woman are right up there with up tempo classics like Teen Angst or Graveyard Girl. It’s absolutely impossible not to move some part of your anatomy as it spills from your speakers.

Go for a swim in this White Sea. Trust me — you’ll feel more refreshed and happy than if you don’t.

Daft Punk: Unchained … but when??

No doubt about it, I’m intrigued. The last frame of this trailer for Daft Punk: Unchained is enough for me to know I have to see this BBC Worldwide documentary.

The blurb reads thus:

“Daft Punk: Unchained, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre, is the first independent film which explores an exceptional pop culture phenomenon of the past twenty years: Daft Punk. Between fiction and reality, magic and secrets, theatricality and humility, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have created a unique artistic universe. Throughout their career they have remained determined to control every link in the chain of their creative work. The film highlights key moments of their story, from their first school band in Paris to their historic concert at Coachella festival in 2006 and their spectacular triumph at the 2014 Grammy Awards for the album Random Access Memories. In an era of globalisation and the expansion of social media, they have refused to show their own faces and they orchestrate every detail of their appearances as robots. The documentary includes archives of radio interviews with Daft Punk, rare footage and exclusive interviews with their friends and close collaborators from Pharrell Williams to Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto and Pete Tong.”

The problem is, these guys are so secretive, it appears to be impossible to shed any light on when this thing will be released. It says 2015, and there is some media dating back to June on its making, but despite a lengthy search, no date. But, like everything they do, no doubt it will hit us like a thunderbolt when it is played out in full.

CHVRCHES let another new track out

Scottish electro poppers CHVRCHES have released another new track into the public domain from the forthcoming album Every Open Eye. Check it out.

The track is called Never Ending Circles and is the second tune from the new album after Leave A Trace popped up last month.

The album is due for release on 25 September.