Falling somewhere between worlds, electronic duo Goldfrapp are back with ‘Silver Eye’, another foray into the spirt realm created by their unique sound. It’s been almost twenty years since ‘Felt Mountain’ was released, a beautiful and haunting record that cemented the pair as a highly effecting and emotive act. ‘Silver Eye’ is another foray into synth rock for Goldfrapp, and is very reminiscent of their 2005 record ‘Supernature’, which featured their two most well-known tracks; ‘Ride a White Horse’ and ‘Ooh La La’. ‘Silver Eye’ contains all the usual elements you would expect from a Goldfrapp record; well organised synths, trippy drum lines and the exquisitely porcelain vocals of Alison Goldfrapp.
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Ultimately, Alison Goldfrapp’s vocals are the main glorious element that transports their music somewhere else. ‘Silver Eye’ is no different, and places her voice right at the front of each of it’s arrangements. Tracks like ‘Zodiac Black’ almost act as a slow and moving build up to a final dissipation of her voice as the melody fades to black. ‘Tigerman’ midway through the record has echoes of a Bonobo-eque trip-hop sound, which breaks up the often drone heavy album. Arguably ‘Silver Eye’ doesn’t have the kind of variety that can be found in earlier records, notably ‘Seventh Tree’. But it does maintain a consistent tone which is ethereal and very much concerned in the journey and not the destination. Will Gregory’s synth rolls are sharply constructed throughout, and Goldfrapp’s breathy vocals continue to hang off them beautifully.
Over the years the duo have traversed genres, and switched around their sound with wild abandon. Now, in ‘Silver Eye’, they seem to have returned to the elements that they jell with best. Truly Alison Goldfrapp has a voice like no-one else on the electronic scene today, and it remains as the winning and most effective element on their new release.
‘Silver Eye’ is out now