After a bit disappointing song Yellow Halo comes something sounder and more exciting from Goldfrapp, British duo who started their career more than a decade ago. Melancholy Sky, as the name suggests and artwork hints, is a song of blue, ethereal atmosphere. Here Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory make the path of their career a full circle. Chamber, noir nature of their Felt Mountain is tangibly present in the strings’ section and the saxophone mini-solo in the bridge. The catchy poppiness of Black Cherry and Supernature is hidden in its straight-forward verse-chorus-bridge-structure. The most obvious and probably the most essential is the meandering melody which flows from a calm beginning above the world and beyond the sky. Yet, the warmth and somewhat pastoral harmony owes much to their fourth album, spring-tinged Seventh Tree.
And still, the bottom line lays in Alison’s half-broken, half-reconciled words: “Melancholy sky, You made me blue, Still hanging on, There’s nothing I can do, Not this time.” This absolution has always been part of Goldfrapp’s world and Melancholy Sky is its high peak. Feeling the triumphalism in the closing arrangements and Alison’s words, it seems that a certain phase of this project gets towards its end. After hearing Melancholy Sky, it’s pretty obvious, that new highs are ahead – whatever genre will they choose next.
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