Alison finds inspiration in Kate Bush, T. Rex and Iggy Pop; the multi-layered Will, in classical music. They describe their songwriting process as a democratic affair with Alison writing the emotional lyrics and Will composing the music on vintage keyboards.
Their debut LP, Felt Mountain, featured minimalist electronic compositions with classical arrangements of strings and light. Released in 2000, the album received good reviews, was included on the Mercury Prize shortlist and was described as simultaneously smarmy and seductive, yet elegant and graceful. To promote the album, they toured with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Doves.
Their next two LPs, 2003s Black Cherry and 2005s Supernature, focused more heavily on glam/electronic because as Alison put it, they "really didn't want to repeat what we had done... We kind of wanted to do something that felt equally as fresh to us as the first one felt fresh to us, and we wanted to put more kind of oomph in it. In contrast to Black Cherry with its epic choruses, Supernature is a purely dance-inspired record and brought the duo their first major taste of success. The LP, which sold over $1 million units, scored three No. 1 dance singles and two Grammy nominations.
[image-1]Also during this period, Alison redefined herself as a "new wave diva," sporting fake eyelashes, military uniforms and fishnet stockings or sometimes a white dress complete with horse tail on stage.
2008s Seventh Tree, a more acoustic and delicate collection than their previous work focused on down-tempo, ambient music. This release also marked a new reinvention for Alison, this time as a pagan clown/circus performer. She made this decision in part to tone down the sexuality that she believed was overwhelming her music.
In 2009, at Abby Road Studios, Alison and Will created the score to the film Nowhere Boy, about John Lennons childhood. Head First, their fifth LP, dropped March 23, 2010.
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