November 16, 2013

Cocteau Twins - Garlands (1982/1990)

Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and original bassist Will Heggie formed Cocteau Twins in Grangemouth, Scotland in 1979.  The band was heavily influenced by Joy Division, The Birthday Party (who they would later go on tour with), and Souixsie and the Banshees.  Soon after their formation, they recorded and sent out two demos to John Peel and Ivo at 4AD Records.  The band was contacted immediately by John Peel and booked for a recording session.  4AD soon followed. Out of this came their debut album, Garlands.  The album cracked the top 5 spot on the independent charts, but many critics found this album left something to be desired.  I beg to differ.  This album is blissfully dark, and quiveringly beautiful.  Elizabeth Fraser's voice is like nothing I have ever heard before, or will ever hear again.  Even in its formative stage, the woman inspires a galvanic response with her vocals.  Tracks like "Wax and Wane" illustrate her immense talent. Robin and Will's guitar and bass playing are haunting in a way that was only possible in 1982. This is the only album Will Heggie appears on. Curiously enough, Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk sang back up vocals on "Hazel" and "Dear Heart".  After first listening to this album, I knew it belonged in my list of all time favorites.  Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in the ethereal gloom that is Garlands.

Garlands (1990 Release with Bonus Tracks)

1.  Blood Bitch
2.  Wax and Wane
3.  But I'm Not
4.  Blind Dumb Deaf
5.  Shallow then Halo
6.  The Hollow Men
7.  Garlands
8.  Grail Overfloweth
9.  Dear Heart (Peel Session)
10.  Hearsay Please (Peel Session)
11.  Hazel (Peel Session)
12.  Blind Dumb Deaf (Peel Session)
13.  Speak No Evil
14.  Perhaps Some Other Aeon

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  2. Great to hear from you Ranx! I've missed this so much. This time I have a partner. This is her first post and she has some amazing future posts planned. Stay tuned and come back often ~voix

  3. such a great post. Thank you Sister Ray!

  4. Thank you for all your support! This has been a great beginning.