A wonderful cover, reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins idiosyncratic artwork on their wonderful 4AD releases back in the day.
Former Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde this week releases the debut album by his new project Snowbird that finds him teaming up with Massive Attack and Chemical Brothers collaborator Stephanie Dosen.
The release, of course, comes on Raymonde's own, much lauded Bella Union label.
A collection of deliciously melodic and beautifully haunting music. A concept album of sorts that's apparently intended as a mediation upon, erm .... the mystery of the moon!
Raymonde's partnership with Dosen was borne out of his experience producing her debut album back in 2007 when he readily admitted he was "entranced by the crystalline beauty of Dosen's voice".
Simon admits he would find it odd if this album "didn't remind people of the Cocteau Twins" - not a bad thing in my book. Go further and throw in a splash of the beauty of This Mortal Coil's oeuvre, and the circle is complete.
The stellar support cast here includes Jonathan Wilson (not the intense footy scribe of that same handle!), some members of Midlake and Radiohead's rhythm section.
1. I Heard The Owl Call My Name
2. All Wishes are Ghosts
3. Charming Birds from Trees
4. Where Foxes Hide
6. Bears On My Trail
8. Come To The Woods
9. We Carry White Mice
10. In Lovely
11. Heart Of The Woods
12. I Heard The Owl Call My Name
13. All Wishes Are Ghosts
14. Charming Birds From Trees
15. Where Foxes Hide
17. Bears On My Trail
19. Come To The Woods
20. We Carry White Mice
21. In Lovely
22. Heart Of The Woods