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Goldfrapp

You never know quite what you’re going to get with a new Goldfrapp record, which is part of the reason for Alison Goldfrapp’s enduring appeal. (A great deal of the rest of it comes from her ever-wondrous voice.) For this record, her first in four years, she’s enlisted a fascinating duo of producers: über-producer John Congleton, and Tri Angle dark noise stalwart The Haxan Cloak. The first single, “Anymore”, sounds a lot like Black Cherry-era Goldfrapp, which is wonderful news with us.

”Stranger” is taken from the Goldfrapp album “Tales of Us”, out now on Mute Records. The digital deluxe edition, featuring 10 tracks recorded live at Air Studios was released in mid June .Goldfrapp has unveiled the fifth music video from their latest album, Tales of Us. The final chapter of a 30-minute film directed by Lisa Gunning that weaves disparate tales of love, loss, madness, and identity, “Stranger” is shot in the same gauzy, low-contrast black and white as “Drew” and “Annabel,” the dreamy, nostalgic tone initially edging perilously close to that of a Calvin Klein fragrance commercial. Like the stunning “Annabel,” which also cleverly features singer Alison Goldfrapp in a minimal role, the video focuses on a queer character (played by Irish actress Laura Donnelly) who revisits the seaside location of a Sapphic tryst with a married stranger. While the earlier clip told the tale of a young child coming to terms with her gender, “Stranger” seems to perpetuate a much thornier concept: that of the homosexual as a lethal predator. It’s one that’s been explored to varying degrees of success, from the divisive 1980 film Cruising to last year’s acclaimed Stranger by the Lake. Here, what at first seems like a symbol of remorse, her dead lover’s wedding band still hanging from her neck years later, turns out to be not a memento for what could have been, but one of many that will never be.