Serge Leblon After 10 years and five studio albums, Goldfrapp felt compelled…
- Posted on Jun 28th 2010 12:30PM by Steve Baltin
Goldfrapp's debut performance at the Bowl fit right in, frontwoman Alison Goldfrapp dressed in a short, shimmering gold dress and blond curls, which she later joked was being killed by the humidity. Blowing in the wind under the red lights, it looked exactly like something out of the 1980 cult classic 'Xanadu.'
It's a comparison the frontwoman would probably welcome, as their electropop admittedly owes a lot to the disco era. That fact was unabashedly acknowledged during their 65-minute set, with the ABBA influence coming out during 'Dreaming.'
Golfrapp, made her way through 12 songs backed by a tight four-piece band. If the band was daunted at all by the huge stage of the Bowl, they never showed it, opening with a version of 'Crystalline Green' that won the crowd over from the outset. The group really hit its stride halfway through the set, as two songs from the new 'Head First' album -- the pop-laden 'Believer' and 'Alive' -- had fans dancing in the Bowl aisles.
The show was part of the KCRW-sponsored world music festival, and like their signature program, 'Morning Becomes Eclectic,' the world music nights often celebrate musical diversity, which can lead to some pretty unusual pairings. On this evening, Goldfrapp were supported by the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club featuring the remarkable Omara Portuondo, a 79-year-old Cuban singer-songwriter. The superior musicians' dazzling Cuban grooves turned the Bowl into a salsa-dancing celebration, with couples jumping out of their box seats to shake their hips.
Together, the very different acts made for a unique and fun celebration of groove-thing shaking, to use a comparison that Goldfrapp would probably appreciate.