Articles Tagged 'Cocteau Twins'

The Great British Songbook #9: ‘Teardrop’

It starts with a simple thought of arresting clarity, especially coming from a singer whose recorded career had largely been spent singing in a made-up language. Elizabeth Fraser, of the Cocteau Twins, coos a delicate “love, love is a verb. Love is a doing word” over a heartbeat bass drum. And the world suddenly spins […]

Five Great Ethereal British Singers

To celebrate the release of Florence and the Machine’s second album Ceremonials, which hit the shelves in American stores yesterday, here’s a gatheration of five female singers whose work is far too shimmery and wafty to properly nail down. Much like one of the gowns (they’re not dresses, are they? Gowns is far more fitting […]

Top British Musicians We’re Thankful For, Part 1

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Anglophenia will return with normal posts on Monday, November 30th. For now, enjoy a few British musicians we’ve been thankful for over the years. By no means a comprehensive list! (For more lists of the best of UK music, please see our Tunes From the Thames section.) Dame Shirley Bassey The Beatles […]

Anglo For Your Ear: Cocteau Twins’ “Carolyn’s Fingers”

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 […]