By Jeevin Johal
Sept 22, 2016
VANCOUVER – It’s been nearly a decade since Goldfrapp played in Vancouver, back when they were on tour supporting their smash album “Seventh Tree,” at what was arguably the height of the group’s career. They have since released a handful of albums of varying success including this year’s Silver Eye, but haven’t lost their loyal following of devoted fans who lovingly consume their every musical transformation. On record, Goldfrapp is a duo comprised of Alison and Producer Will Gregory, but on the road, Goldfrapp recruits a full band of virtuoso musicians, with Alison at the helm, blasting their already cosmic rhythms further into the stratosphere.
As Gregory clung to the rafters of the Vogue Theatre, looming down on the crowd in full Phantom of the Opera regalia, Alison took the stage in an all black, plastic outfit, as her shimmering red curls veiled her face. A mystifying presence, she stood a slight distance from the microphone, melding her otherworldly falsetto among the iconic harp intro of “Utopia.” The crowd immediately broke out into a frenzy when she finally took a step forward to sing the first line of what is possibly Goldfrapp’s most popular track.
They continued into “Anymore” the pulsing first single from Silver Eye, as seizure inducing strobe lights propelled the song into distant sonic realms. On either side of Alison stood her equally red haired synth musicians, dominating a plethora of keyboards and keytars(!), while a towering rhythm section absorbed the back, invalidating the theory that electronic music exists only by the simple push of a button.
The setlist introduced a few more songs from Goldfrapp’s latest album, but heavily embodied gems from Black Cherry and Supernature, the group’s two most electronic albums. As they delved deeper into their more magnetizing catalogue, the Vogue eventually transformed from a theatre into an expanding celestial body.
Goldfrapp levitated the crowd one last time, closing out the evening with “Strict Machine,” before forcing fans to begrudgingly fall back down to Earth. A rocket to outer space, with Goldfrapp as the house band has never seemed so enticing.goldfrapp