Liz Fraser has always disturbed me. Kate Bush‘s high, reedy voice was always endearingly pixilated, but Fraser, with her spooky operatic range, seemed slightly sinister. And her wild, deranged eyes in the 1988 video for “Carolyn’s Fingers” don’t help things. (My friend says she looks like Ernest Borgnine.) But this song is just so absorbing and fascinating with its overwhelming mix of sounds: post-punk guitar shadings and techno beats, brought together with Fraser’s ghostly soprano and rolling Celtic ‘r’s. (And, yes, I know the band’s from Scotland before you email me all indignant and wounded.)

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.