Annabel Among the Bluebells, Goldfrapp.

Annabel Among the Bluebells, Goldfrapp.

Having already gotten better acquainted with Drew now some while ago, Alison Godfrapp and Will Gregory turn to unveil the svelte Annabel – a second, and equivalently elegant figurative associate from the folktronica duo’s forthcoming sixth full-length, Tales of Us. As was with her predecessor, Annabel has acoustic subtlety entangled in her DNA and sullen despondency sullying her genepool: gone is the glistering synthetic aesthetic of albums past, with a trad twang organic as its opening soundbites – the trickling of streams; chirping of sparrows; ambiguous, if decidedly bucolic creaking, and so on – replacing the stunning synthpop gumption of, say, Supernature.

You could argue that this eschewing of a perhaps more cosmetic perspective allows for Alison’s vocal to most transparently make its case manifest: Gregory’s production resonates with a cinematic glint to it, whilst his wilting guitar lovingly tends to her celestial melancholy. “When you dream, you only dream you’re Annabel” she soughs as though a sagacious oak croaking its inconsolable last, although with another eight pieces yet to meet, there would appear to be plenty more dreamy material in the wind…

Tales of Us is anticipated Monday, 9th September via Mute.

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