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Simon Raymonde

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Simon Philip Raymonde (born 3 April 1962, in Tottenham, London) is an English musician and record producer. He is the son of arranger and composer Ivor Raymonde. In 1984, Raymonde became the bassist of the Cocteau Twins, filling the void left by the departed Will Heggie. He remained in the band until its dissolution in 1997. Raymonde’s debut solo album, Blame Someone Else, was released in 1997, and featured contributions from both Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins.

Raymonde runs the Bella Union record label, and has signed all the label’s acts including Abe Vigoda, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Vetiver, Andrew Bird, J Tillman, Peter Broderick, Sleeping States, The Dears, Laura Veirs, and Explosions in the Sky, Fionn Regan, Howling Bells, Midlake, and Stephanie Dosen. He has also acted as producer on many records, including Clearlake’s Cedars, James Yorkston’s Moving Up Country, The Duke Spirit’s Cuts Across The Land and The Open’s Silent Hours. He also worked on the Fionn Regan album The End of History, which was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize. His more recent output includes work with Howling Bells, Helene, Archie Bronson Outfit and Stephanie Dosen, and in 2007 he made an appearance in the documentary film Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. In 2009 Raymonde formed the group Snowbird with Stephanie Dosen.

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