Song of the Week – Goldfrapp: Happiness

19 12 2007

You can hear a great new Goldfrapp track by clicking above (indeed, there’s a whole rake of their new tracks up on YouTube). This is a great track and the first time I’ve been interested in Goldfrapp since they released Felt Mountain. Again, they’ve taken  a new direction which, rather unexpectedly, seems to be Beatles-influenced. There also seems to be a Cocteau Twins’ influence on some of the new tracks and a David Axelrod sound to one called ‘Cologne Cerrone Houdini’. But ‘Happiness’ is aptly-named as it’s dripping with pure joy.

‘Felt Mountain’ still sounds like one of the best-produced records ever to these ears. It’s rare to hear a record where everything sounds recorded with such precision and everything seems to have a point to the sound. That’s not saying that great records sometimes are shittily produced and, in fact, benefit from that. There are records I love that sound like they were produced by an earless donkey but I wouldn’t have them any other way.

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