Cocteau Twins face the press

The Cocteau Twins. From left, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie, Liz Fraser. Picture: Sheila Rock
The Cocteau Twins. From left, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie, Liz Fraser. Picture: Sheila Rock
  • Long out-of-print EPs and compilation to be reissued next month
  • Follows succesful reissue of two albums last year
  • Grangemouth goup’s popularity continues to grow despite no new music since 1997

They’ve released no new music in almost 20 years but still their reputation as innovators continues to grow around the world.

The Cocteau Twins were formed in Grangemouth in 1979 and enjoyed a varied career before going their separate ways in the late 1990s.

To this day, it remains a great entry point to a wonderful band

4AD spokesperson

Two of their finest albums, ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ and ‘Heaven or Las Vegas’, were re-released on vinyl by the distingusied 4AD label last summer to critical acclaim.

Now 4AD has announced it will repress another chunk of the Cocteau’s back catalouge to meet growing demand.

‘Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay’, two EPs combined on one record, and ‘The Pink Opaque’, a compilation album originally released in late 1985 and long since out of print, will be reissued on July 17.

4AD said both records will be cut using new master tapes created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes and will be released on 180g vinyl pressings.

High definition audio downloads of both albums will be made available through specialist retailers at the same time.

“With a history of releasing singles between albums, the two EPs of ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985,” said a 4D spokesperson.

“Seen as companion pieces, they acted as a precursor to their fourth studio album, ‘Victorialand’. They’re now being married together on to one piece of vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork.

“The Pink Opaque was compiled to bring together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become the band’s first official release in the US.

“Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it’s noted for also featuring ‘Millimillenary’, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde.

“To this day, it remains a great entry point to a wonderful band.”

The Cocteau Twins were led by guitarist and producer Robin Guthrie and vocalist Liz Fraser, who met at a punk club night in Grangemouth’s International Hotel in 1979.

Named after a rare Simple Minds track, the duo added Will Heggie on bass and first found national prominence after recording a session for legendary BBC DJ John Peel in 1982, which led to a deal with the London-based label 4AD.

Heggie left after the release of the group’s debut album ‘Garlands’ in 1982, and would later join Lowlife - another Grangemouth band who would go on to find critical acclaim.

It was when Simon Raymonde joined that the trio would reach what is now hailed as their creative peak.

The group’s atmospheric sound was grounded by repetitive bass lines and drum machines, with Guthrie’s spectral guitar parts on top.

But it was Fraser’s soprano vocals that set the group apart.

Famously described as “the voice of God” (much to Fraser’s alleged displeasure), she relied less on recognisable lyrics and more on the endless possibilites of what her vocals could achieve on their own.

Despite several high-profile offers to reform the group, Guthrie and Fraser have not shared a stage together since the Cocteaus split in 1997.