I should start out by mentioning how much I love Cocteau Twins. And their other iterations: This Mortal Coil and the album The Moon and the Melodies, a collaboration between the Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd. That album also happens to be just the thing for a restless baby/toddler when it’s naptime. Ah, memories.
The band was made up of Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde. They began in the 1980s and recorded their last work together in 1998, after having recorded 9 albums as the Cocteau Twins. A good introduction, in my mind at least, would be Lullabies to Violane, a collection of singles and B-sides which also has a couple of Christmas songs as well.
They are known for their dreamy sound, which got more dreamy and sweet-sounding with every album, and their nearly indecipherable lyrics. They’re also good to listen to during a plying session or spinning fine singles. Some of my favorites are:
For some reason, “Carolyn’s Fingers” makes me think of summer.
A great song from “Treasure”.
Last but definitely not least, a little something from This Mortal Coil. A cover of a Tim Buckley song, it’s one of the best covers of anything ever. You could make an argument for something else, but you would be wrong.