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As an English duo who write and produce everything together, the new album, Supernature is the sound of Goldfrapp breaking through their own crash barrier, a strident, psychedelic, 100% uncompromising creative force at the top of their very own game. Theirs is a self-made, alternative reality - in music, vision and soul. We create our own, personalized environment, says Alison Goldfrapp, and its more how bands or duos used to do it in the 70s or 80s, your own music, art directing your own sleeves, wearing your own clothes, which is unique compared to a lot of bands. Now, you might get people writing their own music, if that. And theyll have a whole entourage creating all the other stuff. I like being part of that scene, the people whove created everything themselves. Its an alternative reality, says Will Gregory, taking ourselves somewhere else and thats why we do it. Supernature takes everything Black Cherry achieved and boots it into infinity, with a thrilling, lip-glossed euphoria (mixed by Spike Stent, legendary twiddler for Madonna, Bjork, Massive Attack, U2, everyone else). Weve stepped up a gear, says Alison, because were more knowledgeable. With Black Cherry we were still discovering ourselves whereas this time were just much more confident. Weve grown a lot, adds Will, found other ways of expressing. Weve even got a couple of guitars on this album. Its always good to break your own rules, laughs Alison, thats the fun bit. Theres bigger dirty bass lines and guitars, alongside the synths and strings. From the off, Supernature is a colossal, multi-layered, sonic-pop thriller, a radical, confident, bold record, like a Roxy or Revolver for the twenty-first century: the acid-tinged, bewitchingly-sung U Never Know, the irresistible, catch-all throb of Lovely To See You, the roaring Numanoid synths of Koko the woozy, orchestral dreamscape of Time Out From The World, the perverted robotics of Slide In and the gorgeous, beguiling Let It Take You. Before that, though, theres Satin Chic featuring Will, going berserk, on the honky-tonk piano. Great fun, grins Alison, quirky and a bit nasty but simple as well, lots of references to colours, competitiveness and possessiveness, exaggerated through these boings. I remember, years ago, going to see Jah Shaka and thinking that he was absolutely amazing with all the homemade equipment he had and the sheer inventiveness. It was really inspiring and has stayed with me ever since. I was yelling in the studio, stupid with excitement. Get those boings up! And, of course, the traditionally sizzling Goldfrapp first single, Ooh La La, a pulsing, sophisticated, glam-pop dynamo featuring Alisons homage to the almighty, aloof, playful vocals of classic Marc Bolan. Decadent and ooh-la-la, notes Alison, correctly. Weve always been into layered vocals and how they treated vocals on albums in the 70s, using slap-back effects and thick drum sounds. I love that campness, that slightly throwaway but slightly nasty poutiness which is always appealing. And Marc Bolan was always bloody great at that. As was Marlene Dietrich. Sulky, sexual and ambiguous. The Ooh La La video, naturally, is vibrant, visceral, sexualized insanity. Glam fantasy, says Alison, with lots of post-production and fantasy graphics. Wanton girl goes wrong. Broken heart and fuck off.