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Cocteau Twins - 'The Moon and the Melodies' Reissue
Cocteau Twins : 'The Moon and the Melodies' Reissue
9th July 2024

On 23rd August, almost forty years after it was initially released, The Moon and the Melodies by Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd is being reissued on vinyl for the first time – remastered, from the original tapes, by Robin Guthrie himself.

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The Moon and the Melodies is a singular record within the Cocteau Twins’ catalogue – unusually ethereal, even by their standards, and largely instrumental, guided by the free-form improvisations of Harold Budd, an ambient pioneer who had drifted into their orbit as if by divine intervention. Building on the atmospheric bliss of Victorialand, released earlier the same year, it signaled a possible future for the trio, yet it was a path they’d never take again.   

Over the ensuing years, The Moon and the Melodies has attracted a passionate fan base. Its most atmospheric tracks routinely turn up in ambient DJ sets. ‘Sea, Swallow Me’ is one of the Cocteau Twins’ most streamed songs on Spotify, having found a new life on TikTok, where it serves as the soundtrack to innumerable expressions of hard-to-express melancholy. 

For such a low-key affair, the album casts a long shadow – but Raymonde believes the record’s uniqueness stems directly from its humble, unpremeditated origins. “It captured a moment in time between friends that are enjoying making music together. Really, that’s the essence of it.” 

To coincide with the announcement of this much-demanded repress, Cocteau Twins have also shared, for the first time, a full HD library of their music videos, upgraded using original masters found in both 4AD and Universal Music’s vaults. From 1984’s ‘Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops’ to 1996’s ‘Tishbite,’ these new uploads span the history of the band and excitingly bring a clarity that’s far closer to their original productions than anything that was previously available.

Today also sees Cocteau Twins launching their official webstore, where Cocteau Twins t-shirts, totes, and sweaters are currently for sale. The first time the band has sold any official merch since 1997.

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Harold Budd ▪ Elizabeth Fraser ▪ Robin Guthrie ▪ Simon Raymonde 
The Moon and the Melodies

A1. Sea, Swallow Me 
A2. Memory Gongs 
A3. Why Do You Love Me? 
A4. Eyes are Mosaics 
B1. She Will Destroy You 
B2. The Ghost Has No Home 
B3. Bloody and Blunt 
B4. Ooze Out and Away, Onehow 
In current Cocteau Twins news, Elizabeth Fraser is on tour with Massive Attack (their first run of shows in five years). At each date, she joins the band in their performance of a number of tracks, most notably a rendition of ‘Song to the Siren’.

Robin Guthrie is set to return with Atlas, a four-track EP of newly recorded instrumentals that gently eases listeners back into his world and precedes more material to come.

Pre-order the EP, out July 19 via Soleil Après Minuit here + 

Simon Raymonde recently announced his new memoir, In One Ear – Cocteau Twins, Ivor and Me, to be released in September. The book recalls the history of Cocteau Twins, as well as Simon’s own musical journey through childhood into present day.

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