Articles Tagged 'Elizabeth Fraser'

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 […]

Anglo For Your Ear: This Mortal Coil’s “Song to the Siren”

Has this song been featured on more film soundtracks than any other? Seems that way. Picture it: the protagonist is journeying through the desert, pained yet determined after a long-fought battle, haze rising in the distance. Cue “Song to the Siren” with its prayer-like, vaguely Middle Eastern feel. The vocalist is none other than Elizabeth […]

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 […]