Felt Mountain

Release date
1 Aug 2013
Running length
9 tracks
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3 Human 4:35 130,213
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5 Deer Stop 4:05 134,376
6 Felt Mountain 4:16 124,792
7 Oompa Radar 4:43 120,462
8 Utopia 4:17 201,011
9 Horse Tears 5:09 120,096

About this album

Felt Mountain is the debut album by English electronic duo Goldfrapp. It was released by Mute Records on 11 September 2000 in the United Kingdom. The album features Alison Goldfrapp’s synthesized vocals in cinematic scope, and takes influence from a variety of music styles such as 1960s pop, cabaret, folk, and electronica.

Felt Mountain was a top seventy-five album in Goldfrapp’s native United Kingdom, and was certified gold in October 2001. It was generally well received by music critics, and it was described as “simultaneously smarmy and seductive, yet elegant and graceful”. In 2001, the album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, an annual music prize awarded for the best British or Irish album from the previous year.

Recording and production
Goldfrapp signed a recording contract with London-based record label Mute Records in August 1999. The pair began recording their debut album over a six-month period, beginning in September 1999, in a rented bungalow in the Wiltshire countryside. The recording process was difficult for Alison Goldfrapp, who was often alone and disturbed by the mice and insects in the bungalow. Gregory described their recording sessions as intense because he was unaccustomed to composing with others. Goldfrapp contributed the album’s lyrics, and Gregory and Goldfrapp composed the music together. The lyrics are abstract obsessional tales inspired by films, Goldfrapp’s childhood, and the loneliness she felt while recording the album. Musically, the album takes influence from a variety of styles including 1960s pop, cabaret, folk, and electronica.

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