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Harold Budd, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie & Elizabeth Fraser


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Harold Budd, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie & Elizabeth Fraser Biography
The Moon and the Melodies (1986) is the product of a one-off collaboration between the Scottish group Cocteau Twins and the American composer Harold Budd. The Cocteau Twins refused to sign the album with the band’s name and used their individual names instead.

The album has the characteristic style — heavily-treated guitar sounds and strangely euphoric vocalising — that can be heard in the group’s other work from the same period, for example on the EP “Echoes in a Shallow Bay” or the album Victorialand. Harold Budd’s stylistic piano tonalities and phrasing on this project are echoed in his solo album, Lovely Thunder, from the same year.

The phrases “bloody and blunt” and “ooze out and away, onehow” come from Elizabeth Fraser’s lyrics on the songs “The Tinderbox (Of a Heart)” and “My Love Paramour”, both from the 1983 Cocteau Twins album Head Over Heels. Reusing phrases from old songs as titles for others can be considered one of Fraser’s signature characteristics, as can her habit of emphasizing syllables in ways that differ from standard usage.


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  • RussellChap

    Harold Budd ■ Elizabeth Fraser ■ Robin Guthrie ■ Simon Raymonde

    17 Sep 12:19pm Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    @JapkoReloaded - They are all artists in their own right and, instead of trading in on the Cocteau Twins 'brand', this album was released as a stand alone work. If you have a problem with that you need to get out more.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • prince-paradox

    I don't listen to this album very often, but when I do, it stuns me. Beautiful, beautiful music. [2]

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JapkoReloaded

    Because band names are too mainstream.

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • NM_chillandill

    Harold Budd should have just joined Cocteau Twins. [3]

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Kind_of_blue85

    Harold Budd should have just joined Cocteau Twins. [2]

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • drownedinsound2

    @Sonicjr01- It makes sense to me : )

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    Does the into the Sea Swallow Me make sense to anyone, or is it just me guessing that in truth she really isn't saying anything senseable at all in her own language.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • red-green-blue

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • tekkie69

    Stay in Bed Late Night Introspection Reflection Relaxation Solitude Sweet Dreams

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • spinning-jenny

    a real treasure

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • salvador-rudy

    eyes are mosaics <3

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Smackrobiotic

    Dream team.

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Master_ov_Khaos

    Harold Budd should have just joined Cocteau Twins.

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • carolynsfingers

    Sea Swallow Me, Throughout the Dark Months of April and May, Eggs and Their Shells...ah the list goes favorite haunting vocals by the one and only Elizabeth Fraser and the beautiful musical stylings of Robin Guthrie. Awe inspiring...breathtaking

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • sonnyminimal

    I love this album. It gets overlooked somewhat. I think it was one that didn't get re-mastered when all the Cocteau's albums were re-released? 'Sea Swallow Me' is lovely

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Otherness

    I don't listen to this album very often, but when I do, it stuns me. Beautiful, beautiful music.

    1 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Donsimon43

    Mind body soul ,still the best in my books and I'm 43 now unreal,I don't think personally there music will ever age,I feel they hit on something so special their music swallows me whole and spits me out all the better for it,I cannot name another band that has had so influence on my life,live on .

    29 Apr 2009 Reply

    "She will destroy you" the best song of Cocteau Twins and Harol Budd.

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • coleio

    Sea, Swallow Me is absolutely stunning. Just unbelieveable. [2]

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
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