The music of Scottish duo Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser - later expanding to a trio with Simon Raymonde - virtually defines the term ambient pop. The music produced by the Cocteau Twins is a great example of how popular music can be created without following usual song forms, instead relying on instrumental and vocal textures to generate a mood. In 2005, she worked with Breton musician Yann Tiersen on two songs for his album Les retrouvailles. Cocteau Twins were a Scottish dream pop[5] band active from 1979 to 1997. In 1991, 4AD and Capitol released a box set that compiled the band's EPs from 1982 to 1990, and also included a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased material. Raymonde, who was called in to work on the second album by This Mortal Coil, did not participate in the recording of the fourth Cocteau Twins LP, Victorialand (1986), a predominantly acoustic record which featured only Guthrie and Fraser. I got into it a decade ago, after having picked up a cheap copy of Head Over Heels on the advice of a friend that I should listen to them. However on 16 March, the reunion was cancelled after Fraser announced that she would not take part. The band’s distinctive sound matures on the peak recordings Victorialand (1986) and Blue Bell Knoll (1988). While remaining a 4AD band internationally, Cocteau Twins finally signed a major-label contract with Capitol Records in 1988 for distribution in the United States, and released their fifth album, Blue Bell Knoll, in September of that year. On 31 January 2005, Cocteau Twins announced that they would be reforming to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 30 April 2005, and later indicated that additional tour dates would be added. After that time the rate of new album releases slowed down - stopping altogether by the end of the 90's - and there was little further creative development of their sound. Interviews Patreon While on their international tour supporting Heaven or Las Vegas, the group signed a new recording contract with Mercury Records subsidiary Fontana for the UK and elsewhere, while retaining their US relationship with Capitol. [22] Despite the success of the record and the subsequent concert tours, not everything was well with the band. [10], Guthrie and Heggie, both from Grangemouth, Scotland, formed the band in 1979. Fraser and Guthrie ended their 13-year relationship in 1993, and by this time had a young daughter, Lucy-Belle, born in 1989. Blog It was released 10 November 1986 by 4AD . Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Cocteau Twins - Otherness at Discogs. [26][27], In 2013, the first book about the band, Des Punks Célestes, was published in France.[28]. Fraser’s multi-tracked vocals climb, dive and soar effortlessly, sounding like some mutant cross between Enya and Kate Bush. They were formed in Grangemouth by Robin Guthrie (guitars, drum machine) and Will Heggie (bass), adding Elizabeth Fraser (vocals) in 1981 and replacing Heggie with multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde in 1983. Channel 4’s interest in a series of across-genre artist collaborations united the trio with US ambient (or minimalist) pianist Harold Budd. 1995 saw the release of two new EPs: Twinlights and Otherness., Short description is different from Wikidata, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Robin Guthrie – guitars, bass, production, drum machine, This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 08:18. In 2009, she released the single "Moses" on Rough Trade. He has also scored the music for three movies—Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin (in collaboration with Harold Budd), Dany Saadia's 3:19 Nada Es Casualidad (a Mexican/Spanish production), and again with Gregg Araki and Harold Budd on the score and the soundtrack of White Bird in a Blizzard. He also co-produced the posthumous album by Billy Mackenzie from the Associates, then went on to produce several Domino Records artists like James Yorkston, Archie Bronson Outfit (whom he later managed) and Clearlake. Reviews of some of the best album releases in various ambient and downtempo sub-genres since the early 1960's. Notably, she wrote the lyrics and sang the vocals for "Teardrop" by Massive Attack which was released as a single in 1998 and reached number 10 in the UK singles chart[29] It has been speculated that she has been working on a solo album, though details of this are as yet unavailable. [11] The band explained that Four-Calendar Café was a response to the turmoil that had engulfed them in the intervening years, with Guthrie entering rehab and quitting alcohol and drugs, and Fraser undergoing psychotherapy. Despite appearing under the This Mortal Coil name, the cover has subsequently become one of the best-known Cocteau Twins tracks: in 2012, Dawn French selected "Song to the Siren" on Desert Island Discs as, in her words, "The song that made me fall in love again". [6] The band's influences at the time included The Birthday Party (drummer Phill Calvert encouraged the group to sign to 4AD),[12] Sex Pistols, Kate Bush, and Siouxsie and the Banshees,[13] (Fraser had Siouxsie tattoos on her arms for several years). In 2005, the band announced that they would reunite to headline Coachella and embark on a world tour but the reunion was cancelled a month later after Fraser refused to perform on stage with Guthrie. In 2006, Guthrie produced three songs on Mahogany's "Connectivity," on which Lucy Belle Guthrie made her singing debut. The CD was £4 in a shop on the top of Buchanan St, Glasgow. In his role running Bella Union, he has discovered such artists as Laura Veirs, Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Lift to Experience, The Low Anthem, I Break Horses, The Czars and John Grant. [15] Their debut recording, Garlands (released by 4AD in 1982), was an instant success, peaking at number 2 in the indie albums chart in the UK. The Moon and the Melodies is a collaborative studio album by Scottish dream pop band Cocteau Twins and the American minimalist composer Harold Budd. In 1997, while recording what was to have been their ninth LP, the trio disbanded over irreconcilable differences in part related to the breakup of Guthrie and Fraser.