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Elizabeth Fraser

About

Elizabeth Davidson Fraser (born 29 August 1963), is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. Hailing from Grangemouth, Scotland, she is best known as the vocalist for the pioneering dream pop band Cocteau Twins who achieved international success primarily during the mid–1980s until early 1990. Their studio albums Victorialand (1986) and Heaven or Las Vegas (1990) both reached the top ten of the UK Album Charts, as well as other albums including Blue Bell Knoll (1988), Four-Calendar Café (1993) and Milk & Kisses (1996) charing on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States as well as the top 20 in the UK. She also performed as part of the 4AD group This Mortal Coil, including the successful 1983 single "Song to the Siren", and as a guest with Massive Attack on their 1998 single "Teardrop".

The album Heaven or Las Vegas was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and was voted number 218 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2020, Rolling Stone listed it at No. 245 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The band have had four of their studio albums reach number one on the UK Indie Chart.

Following the disbandment of the Cocteau Twins, Fraser embarked on a moderately low key solo career and providing guest vocals for other artists. In 2000, she appeared alongside Paul Buchanan and Peter Gabriel on Later...with Jools Holland performing "Downside-Up, one of two songs she performed with Gabriel as part of the Millennium Dome Show which ran between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2000. " She released some solo material, including singles "Underwater" (2000) and "Moses" (2009). Fraser has reportedly recorded enough material for a debut solo studio album; however, a release date or further information has not been published. In 2022, Fraser released the EP Sun's Signature, which includes a re-worked version of her 2000 single release "Underwater". In May 2022, Fraser and former band mates Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde were awarded the Visionary Award by The Ivors Academy.Her distinctive style has received much critical praise in her four-decade career; she was once described as "the voice of God". She was described by critic Jason Ankeny as "an utterly unique performer whose swooping, operatic vocals relied less on any recognizable language than on the subjective sounds and textures of verbalized emotions".

Articles

July 28, 2022

Sun’s Signature

Working alongside her partner Damon Reece, the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser delivers her most substantial musical statement in a quarter century.

pitchfork.com

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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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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Discs

Tales From The Trash Stratum

September 13, 2021

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Moses

November 30, 2009

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