Goldfrapp are a British electronic duo formed in 1999 by Alison Goldfrapp (vocals/synthesizer) and Will Gregory (synthesizer).Their style has changed over the years - each album sounds very different to the one before, but roughly speaking, Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree are more subdued (the former is mainly electronic, the latter picks up a Folktronica influence), Supernature and Head First are more danceable (the former being electropop, the latter disco and very 80s-influenced), and Black Cherry seems to split the last two somewhat equally. This can lead to a bit of a Broken Base sometimes."Felt Mountain" is known for its trip-hop influences and movie-soundtrack sound, "Black Cherry" as the eletro-clash album, "Supernature" as more straightforward electropop (and the first time they integrated electric guitar into their music), "Seventh Tree" as folktronica, "Head First" as 1980s revival disco pop, and Tales Of Us as a blend of Seventh Tree and Felt Mountain.They have quite a large worldwide fanbase, due to their various styles and frequent commercial usage.Alison Goldfrapp is also known for her work as a session vocalist with Orbital, Tricky and others.
In The Style Of: The song "I Wanna Life" was criticized for sounding like Irene Cara (of Flashdance fame).
Keep Circulating the Tapes: There are a few tracks that are very hard to find since they were never released on an album. The most well known- "Little Death", "Sartorius" and "Fondue Knights"- were played during the Felt Mountain era, since Goldfrapp only had the songs from Felt Mountain to play and needed other songs to play at concerts. It's also quite hard to find songs like "White Soft Rope" and "Gone To Earth", which only appeared on singles.
Mind Screw: The videos for "Ride A White Horse" and "Alive", the last appearing to be a cross between Xanadu, an exercise video and a Satanic ritual.
Ms. Fanservice: Alison. Look at any of their music videos and get impressed.
New Sound Album: Every single one. From cinematic, spy-film ambience (Felt Mountain), to poppy electroclash (Black Cherry), to 70's glam (Supernature), to soothing folktronica (Seventh Tree), to 80's synthpop (Head First), to atmospheric baroque pop (Tales of Us).
One Woman Song: Of the tracks on Tales Of Us, half of them fall under this trope ("Annabel", "Ulla", "Thea", "Simone", "Laurel"), several are instead a Spear Counterpart ("Alvar", "Clay"), some are unisex names ("Drew", "Jo") and only one isn't someone's name ("Stranger").