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Be Specific: Alison Goldfrapp talks about Goldfrapp's experiments in sound

goldfrappAlison Goldfrapp brings her evolving sound to 9:30 club on Monday. (Serge Leblon)

By Allison Stewart

Long-running British duo Goldfrapp are renowned for their groundbreaking electro-pop albums (which arguably provided the blueprint for upstarts like La Roux), but over the years they've experimented with sounds ranging from glam rock to what can only be described as synth-folk.

In advance of her group's gig at the 9:30 club on Monday, Click Track spoke with Alison Goldfrapp about the band's great, '80s-pop-happy new disc, "Head First," and their constantly evolving sound.

Reviewers use words like "Abba" and "Giorgio Moroder" and "roller disco" to describe [the new disc's potential influences]. How far off are they? Are those actual things you listened to while making the album?

They're just things I like, and things that have always influenced our writing, from ['03 disc] "Black Cherry" to ['05 disc] "Supernature," so it's not a new thing.

Your last disc, "Seventh Tree," had a sort of ambient folk [vibe]. Is every album you make a reaction to the one before?

I wanted to make sounds that felt joyous. I always wanted to write songs and write music that expresses something about how I feel and what I'm thinking about, and what I want to feel.

(On to the next album? Find out after the jump.)

Was it a challenge to incorporate songs from your [very diverse] back catalogue into the live set?

I think it's always a challenge when you're trying to - there's thought put into how a set evolves. It's like putting songs together on an album; you always think about how things sound after each other, tempo and mood. You always put thought into that.

At what point do you start thinking about the next album? The day you finish this one?

I'm always thinking about the next thing, yeah, definitely. I think for me, once the album's finished, that's it. My brain moves on. But I'm going to be playing these songs up until Christmas, which I'm very excited about doing. I do think about it. I let it breathe and brood. I'm in no hurry to make another album at the moment.

By Allison Stewart  |  June 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
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