New film celebrates Cocteau Twins legacy

The Cocteau Twins
The Cocteau Twins

They are the Grangemouth band whose captivating music still wins new fans around the world more than 30 years 
after they formed.

Now the continuing influence of the Cocteau Twins has been recognised in a new American-produced documentary, ‘Beautiful Noise’, which examines the legacy of several groups which found fame during the 1980s by mixing conventional pop structures with loud, atmospheric guitar parts.

The independent film, which was premiered at several international film festivals in 2014, is now available to order on DVD.

It’s the latest endorsement for the Cocteaus, who released seven full-length albums and a variety of EPs, singles and compilations before spitting in 1997.

Two of their LPs, 1988’s ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ and 1990’s ‘Heaven or Las Vegas’, were rereleased on vinyl by the 4AD label to critical acclaim last year.

The Cocteau Twins were driven by the creative energies of guitarist and producer Robin Guthrie and vocalist Liz Fraser, two Grangemouth residents who first met at a punk club night in the town’s International Hotel in 1979.

And while a reunion of the group’s core trio of Fraser, Guthrie and bassist Simon Raymonde remains unlikely, fans will find much to enjoy in ‘Beautiful Noise’.

Created by writer/director Eric Green and producer/editor Sarah Ogletree, the film is described by its makers as a “passion project inspired by a deep appreciation of the music and the desire to see it documented in musical history.

“Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.”

Along with interviews with members of the Cocteau Twins, the film also features input from The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Swervedriver, Lush, Curve, Pale Saints, Seefeel, AR Kane, and Medicine.

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