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Lucky Number 7: The New Album Thread
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  • I loves me some bitches- ;)
    U R I E L
    What is done in the dark will always come to light
  • Um, that's not what I was meant, but...yeah, me too!

    But speaking of Indian belles, remember Simi Garewal from Siddhartha?

    If I were dead, could I do this?
  • Yeah, SJ, Alison is so very driven, I just can't see her accepting the doldrums.  And, while driven, I think she has enough sense not to annoy Will with it.  Really, a perfect match for music and friends.

    By the way, welcome back Slippage.  I've always respected you just for the choice of GMB id.
  • Alison seems to have arrived in Asia, looking at her Instagram feed.
  • Depending how quickly she gets back to the studio, No 7 to go a Beatles Maharishi Mahesh Yogi vibe with lots of percussion and sitars ?
    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ.
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit.
    Shall lure it back to cancal half a line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
  • Excuse me, this is out of topic but doesn't she have her radio gig today, she's gonna do that from India? :D
  • I did suggest to her that the Tuc Tuc fare could be huge!
    What if the Hokey Cokey is what it's all about?
  • I think people missed my point. I didn't imply that age meant they would lose their drive or meant they would be in the 'doldrums'. Being over 40 is a real release for some creative people as that desperateness and energy of being young may create some real surges in creativity ...but it's also exhausting. When you are older you don't have to prove yourself and you have a vaste experience of knowledge and mistakes. It means you really have an idea of what you want and where you want to go. For Frapp it means they have the time and money to do things exactly what they want. It will be more enjoyable and satisfying to create than ever before. They don't have to keep changing styles to keep their audience (and more importantly their critics) interested.

    The flip side, as demonstrated by many classic break up albums and records made when artists were on the breadline, hard times create a real energy and edge that we all treasure musically. These are the albums in our top 10s that often make an artists reputation for life. The pain of the artist = our love of the music, equation I often think about. That is the problem many artists face in years after seeing sucess especially when trying to get record deals even though they are at the height by of their ability.

    I guess Alison still has the same creative drive but she looks pretty happy with life these days, which is great. But Bowie had to go back to his most critical period (Berln) to find that connection again outside his diehards. But then when you get to his age you start to really look at you life so that can produce real classics.

    All just thoughts, not meant to be bashing The Frapp. Still love them, just not as excited as seeing something totally new. The exception is Chris Corner (who I have mentioned a few time recently). That edge is still their but also he is really not happy. Always a moral dilemma. Do we want great life affirming music or happy artists.
  • so, maybe not instrumentally inspired, but i can kind of see this trip to india some how influencing alison's writing... 

    its really sweet looking over lisas and alisons isntagrams while they're over in india. :) 
  • I think ..............
    or happy artists.

    Great post - it's a very interesting (and ever ongoing) conversation indeed.

    Many of the best albums I hold dear have come from troubled, sad, drug-addled, bitter or otherwise downtrodden eras that artists have been through and the thought of wishing that on a favourite in order to get that sort of transcending work from them is a real double-edged sword. We'd want that album (we would, if we're honest) but would we really wish that on them to get it?

    A million fires before your harvest comes. To burn out.
    Wear the mask of a heathen. For the moon's lonely eyes.
  • Few artists pull off a great work once they've attained some semblance of peace and harmony in their personal lives. I believe Goldfrapp did that with Tales of Us. In fact, I even thought Head First was a bit of fun. Unfortunately, in co-dependent relationships, one party is often displeased and dissatisfied when the other begins the healing process.
    If I were dead, could I do this?
  • Well, with any artist I guess it's intense emotion that's being translated. Emotion others connect with. There is a myth of the "tortured artist." Even though Head First may have had some fun moments- there was a deep anger happening too. I don't necessarily think suffering creates great art- but I believe it's something, on a human level, that everyone can relate to. So whatever it will be, it will be intense. I know on a personal level, I connect with their more melancholy and sensual work. Could Goldfrapp possibly ever make a "happy" album? I'm not sure. I'm hoping the next will be wise though.
    Post edited by Ponygurl at 2015-01-12 04:44:56
    U R I E L
    What is done in the dark will always come to light
  • It's very hard to imagine something better than Tales Of Us. It's the perfect match between Goldfrapp touch and todays music. Hope something a little bit minimalist as some Medea score.
  • To me, Seventh Tree was their happy album. Well, at least it leaves me feeling happier at the end than most of the others. Only others that I'd consider to be overall happy would be Supernature and Head First, but only because of their pop content.

  • Low said:

    To me, Seventh Tree was their happy album. Well, at least it leaves me feeling happier at the end than most of the others. 

    funny isn't it how people take different things from the same thing? i've always thought 7T is quite sad, lyrically and in places musically, (certainly tracks like clowns, road to somewhere, eat yourself, some people, cologne cerrone houdini and monster love) maybe it says more about me?!  :O

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