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Cocteau Twins “Dials”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , on July 11, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Cocteau Twins "Dials"
Cocteau Twins | Singles Promo Sampler | Capitol | 1991

One day very recently, I found myself in a Mid-Western Golden Corral when, slouched over my leg of beast and mashed root vegetables, I heard something familiar in the Muzak above me. Truth be told, a number of familiar songs all firmly rooted in the 80s had been playing but I’d paid no attention until that moment. Her sweet voice and the swirling strings floated high above the din of cud-chewing patrons (I couldn’t resist! You actually have to walk through a CORRAL to get to the register! How can I not liken us all to cows?!) and I realized in a fit of ecstasy and torment that they were playing Cocteau Twins. As soon as I was able, I dug out all of my Cocteau Twins records, determined to post something from them to honor that most surreal and rapturous moment.

CT had a glorious nearly two decade run (there is some discrepancy among sources online as to exactly how long), from c. 1980 to 1998, where they confounded, defied and enhanced an already rich musical decade. Each of the members, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde, have gone on to solo projects but I think I was not alone in mourning the end of Cocteau Twins. Notable aspects to their sound were Liz’s indecipherable vocals which truly treated the voice as an instrument instead of just the vehicle for a message, Robin’s peerless guitar work, and Simon’s delicate, intricate piano playing (there were other members in there, too, who were all quite genius like Will Heggie). All of their work is among my favorite (with the possible exception of Four-Calendar Cafe) but, since I can only post one song here, I’m going to give you one of their tracks from their Singles Sampler. The Sampler is a promotional item in support of the 10 CD singles collection released in 1991 (an exhaustive compilation, if you can get yours hands on it). Here it is, Dials, which was released only on the singles sampler and on a promo single for Heaven Or Las Vegas:

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