Alison Goldfrapp (vocals) and William Gregory (synth) met in the late 90s, in London UK. They began creating music together, mixing Alison's ethereal vocals with Will's melodic synth sound. Soon they started performing live, and decided to name their band after Alison's last name.
In 1999, the pair signed up with Mute Records. After an eighth month period preparing and recording their debut album, it was finally released fall 2000. Titled Felt Mountain, it received positive reviews and critical acclaim. The singles Lovely Head, Utopia, Pilots (On a Star) and Human came from the album. To support the album, the duo went on tour supporting The Doves. Reproducing their studio sound proved very difficult, because of the multi-layered nature of their music - the recruitment of a violinist, drummer, and keyboard-player for live performances improved matters.
The band's second album was released in 2003. Entitled Black Cherry, the music moved from the heterogeneous feel of Felt Mountain towards mainstream dance. It sold well in the UK, reaching 19 in the LPs chart, and going platinum. Singles from the album include Train, Twist and Strict Machine - the latter was a firm favorite in US dance clubs, and reached #1 in the Hot Dance Play Chart. For the live tour following the album, the band re-invented their stage image, becoming more theatrical - Alison would wear a fabulous costume, and a performance would encompass gaudily attired dancers, ornate props and dramatic lighting.
The duo's third album, Supernature was released late 2005. Oh La La, the first single off the album, made the UK top 5. Other singles from the album were Number 1, Ride a White Horse, and Fly Me Away.
Seventh Tree, the band's fourth album was released early in 2008. On its week of release, it made number two in the UK albums chart. The music on the album veers towards a dreamy, ambient sound, unlike the strong dance beats of Supernature. A & E was the first single from the album, soon followed by Happiness.