Monday, December 15, 2008


Felt Mountain - Goldfrapp

Rating: 7/10
Sound Quality: 320 kb/s
Format: Mp3
Album Covers: Included
Record Label: Mute
Year Released: 2000
Pass: radiodada
Links: rapidshare (Album), rapidshare (Album Covers)

Note From Dada!
Αν το Twin Peaks του David Lynch γινόταν μουσική (εξαιρώντας το πολύ καλό soundtrack του Angelo Badalamenti) νομίζω ότι αυτός ο δίσκος ακόμα και απο τον τίτλο του καλύπτει απόλυτα αυτή την εκδοχή. Όπως και να χει πρόκειται κατά τη γνώμη μου (που δεν είναι ταπεινή, γιατί να είναι άλλωστε ...?) για ένα πολύ "πρωτότυπο" και ιδιαίτερο δισκάκι που ακροβατεί ανάμεσα σε electronica και ρετρό διαθέσεις.

About Goldfrapp
Goldfrapp is a British electronic music group known for their visual theatrics and contribution to the popularization of electronic dance music. The band was formed in 1999 in London, England, and consists of Alison Goldfrapp (vocals/synthesizer) and Will Gregory (synthesizer).

Despite favourable reviews and a shortlisting for the Mercury Prize, the ambient sound of their 2000 debut album Felt Mountain was a commercial failure. Goldfrapp's second album Black Cherry, which incorporated electroclash sounds into their music, was released in 2003. The album experienced success across nightclubs in North America and influenced the same electroclash experience of their third album Supernature. Supernature took Goldfrapp's work further into electroclash music, and enjoyed international chart success. Supernature produced three number one US dance singles, and was nominated for "Best Electronic/Dance Album" at the 49th Grammy Awards. Their most recent album, Seventh Tree, was released in 2008.

About the Album
Goldfrapp's debut album Felt Mountain was released in September 2000 and featured the singles "Lovely Head", "Utopia", "Pilots (On a Star)" and "Human". The album featured Alison Goldfrapp's synthesized vocals over cinematic soundscapes and is influenced by a variety of music styles including cabaret, folk, and electronic music. The album was well received by music critics, described as "simultaneously smarmy and seductive, yet elegant and graceful". It reached number fifty-seven on the UK albums chart, and was certified gold. In 2001, Felt Mountain was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, an annual music prize awarded for the best British or Irish album from the previous year.

The lyrics on Felt Mountain were written by Alison Goldfrapp and are abstract obsessional tales inspired by films, her childhood, and the loneliness she felt while recording the album. The song "Oompa Radar" was inspired by Roman Polanski's film Cul-de-Sac, while "Pilots", which describes travelers floating in the atmosphere above the earth, was inspired by John Barry's James Bond theme songs.

To promote Felt Mountain, Goldfrapp toured the UK, Europe and North America, supporting the alternative music bands Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Doves. The band found it difficult to perform songs from the album live because of their complex arrangements which required up to forty musicians. They eventually settled on performing with violinist Davide Rossi, drummer Rowan Oliver and keyboardist Andy Davies. However, Gregory was unhappy with this arrangement, wanting to remain as close to the sound of the album as possible.


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