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Sev­enth Tree Mute

Clos­est in spirit to their Felt Moun­tain de­but, the fourth album from Alison Gold­frapp and mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist Will Gre­gory is a com­plex af­fair. Gone are the glam­in­fused dance­floor fillers and sur­re­ally sex­ual lyrics; in­stead, for the first three tracks at least, we get a psych-folk vibe, with Gold­frapp’s vo­cal gym­nas­tics in full flight on Lit­tle Bird (imag­ine a flower power El­iz­a­beth Fraser). From there the mood changes and the record re­veals a plethora of el­e­gant, cin­e­matic and sur­pris­ingly heart­felt love songs. A&E is akin to the kind of synth-pop per­fec­tion Era­sure mas­tered in the 1980s and, while it’s far more hit than miss, the sug­ar­coated Hap­pi­ness and Car­a­van Girl may prove too sweet for some. Still, with a seem­ingly in­nate fear of re­peat­ing them­selves, it’s hard not to ad­mire the chal­leng­ing path pop’s most in­trigu­ing duo have cho­sen to fol­low.­frapp. com Down­load Tracks: Eat Your­self, A&E, Cologne Cer­rone Hou­dini

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