The new Bowery Presents venue, Brooklyn Steel, was buzzing in anticipation before Goldfrapp took the stage. Many in the crowd were discussing favorite tracks off of some of their previous albums Black Cherry, Seventh Tree and Tales of Us and boasting that they were at the show the night before. Goldfrapp, made up of singer Alison Goldfrapp and musician Will Gregory, have made a career by reinventing themselves and their music. The show Thursday night was a euphoric celebration of the many faces of Goldfrapp’s sound and it did not disappoint.
Drenched in colored lights and surrounded by fog, Corbu took the stage first. The New York based outfit is an emerging band known for their low-key electronic symphonies. Lead singer, Jonathan Graves, has a dream-like voice that adds a delicate element to their music. Corbu performed songs off of their debut album Crayon Soul.
Shortly after, the lights went dark and fog filled the venue. Alison Goldfrapp, clad in a reflective suit, appeared on stage and began singing “It’s a strange day,” the opening line from Felt Mountain’s “Utopia.” She segued through folkier tracks to dark electronic sounds to create a dynamic showcase of old and new and to connect people with the nature that surrounds us. The throbbing beat and lively synth of “Anymore” balanced the poetics of “Moon in Your Mouth.” The group closed with a four-song encore that featured their hit tracks “Strict Machine” and “Oh La La.”
Finally being able to see Goldfrapp live and hear early performances of Silver Eye was surreal. The album is textured, electro-dance pop at its finest. It reaffirms Goldfrapp’s and Gregory’s ability to produce evocative music and makes you wonder what evolution their next album may take. Goldfrapp will be playing a series of festivals throughout Europe and Australia this summer. You can check upcoming tour dates here.
Article: Alx Bear