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Cocteau Twins

About

Cocteau Twins were a Scottish band active from 1979 to 1997. 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. The group earned critical praise for their ethereal, effects-laden sound and the soprano vocals of Fraser, whose lyrics often eschew any recognisable language. They pioneered the 1980s alternative rock subgenre of dream pop.The band's early work drew influence from Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division. After signing with the British record label 4AD in 1982, they released their debut album Garlands later that year. The addition of Raymonde in 1983 solidified their final lineup, which produced their biggest hit in the UK, "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops", peaking at No. 29 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1988, Cocteau Twins signed with Capitol Records in the United States, distributing their fifth album, Blue Bell Knoll, through a major label in the country. After the 1990 release of their most critically acclaimed album, Heaven or Las Vegas, the band left 4AD for Fontana Records, where they released their final two albums.

After nearly 20 years together, the band disbanded in 1997 in part due to issues stemming from the disintegration of Fraser and Guthrie's romantic relationship. 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 a 2021 interview, Raymonde confirmed that Cocteau Twins "will never reform".

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June 20, 2022

Elizabeth Fraser Still Sounds Divinely Alien on Sun’s Signature Debut

Former Cocteau Twins singer's first new music in 13 years, recorded with her life partner, Massive Attack drummer Damon Reece, shows she still possesses the same magic

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May 18, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser shares new song with Sun’s Signature project

'Underwater' is the second track from the project of Fraser and her partner Damon Reece The post Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser shares new song with Sun’s Signature project appeared first on NME.

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May 17, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser Shares New Sun’s Signature Song “Underwater”: Listen

The second single from her new project with her partner Damon Reece

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May 12, 2022

Lorde Delves Into Her Musical Journey on New Sonos Radio Station ‘Solarsystm’

The new station features songs from Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, Joni Mitchell, Black Star and more

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April 7, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser shares first new original song in 13 years, ‘Golden Air’

It's the debut single from her Sun's Signature project with Damon Reece The post Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser shares first new original song in 13 years, ‘Golden Air’ appeared first on NME.

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April 6, 2022

Hear Former Cocteau Twins Singer Elizabeth Fraser’s First Original Song in 13 Years

New song "Golden Air" comes off upcoming EP by Sun's Signature, Fraser's new group with Massive Attack's Damon Reece

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April 6, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser Shares New Sun’s Signature Song “Golden Air”: Listen

Fraser and her partner Damon Reece are releasing their new Sun’s Signature EP on Record Store Day

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February 21, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser announces first release in 13 years

The singer will release a new EP with her new project Sun’s Signature The post Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser announces first release in 13 years appeared first on NME.

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February 21, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser to Release Record Store Day EP

Sun's Signature's self-titled EP will feature five songs from Fraser and Damon Reece

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February 21, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser Releasing New EP on Record Store Day

Sun’s Signature is a new project from Fraser and Damon Reece

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February 14, 2022

How “Fake” My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins Lyrics Ended Up on Spotify

Snafus involving the ethereal ’80s bands illustrate how streaming platforms make an imperfect replacement for old-fashioned album-listening

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January 5, 2022

Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie releases instrumental ‘Springtime’ EP

Released in time for his 60th birthday The post Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie releases instrumental ‘Springtime’ EP appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Lullabies To Violaine (Volume One)

February 13, 2006

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Stars And Topsoil - A Collection 1982-1990

October 16, 2000

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Milk & Kisses

March 1, 1996

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Four-Calendar Café

January 1, 1993

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Four-Calendar Cafe

January 1, 1993

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Cocteau Twins Singles Collection

November 4, 1991

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Iceblink Luck

August 28, 1990

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Heaven or Las Vegas

January 1, 1990

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Blue Bell Knoll

September 19, 1988

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The Moon and the Melodies

November 10, 1986

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Love's Easy Tears

October 13, 1986

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Victorialand

April 14, 1986

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The Pink Opaque

January 13, 1986

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Tiny Dynamine

November 1, 1985

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Echoes In A Shallow Bay

November 1, 1985

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Aikea-Guinea

March 4, 1985

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Treasure

November 1, 1984

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The Spangle Maker

April 2, 1984

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Head Over Heels

October 31, 1983

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Peppermint Pig

April 4, 1983

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Lullabies

November 1, 1982

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Garlands

January 1, 1982

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