COCTEAU TWINS & HAROLD BUDD
THE MOON & THE MELODIES LP
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UPC: 191400064218
Label: 4AD
Format: LP
Release Date: AUGUST 23, 2024

On 23 August, almost forty years after it was initially released, The Moon and the Melodiesby Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd is being reissued on vinyl for the first time – remastered, from the original tapes, by Robin Guthrie himself.

The Moon and the Melodies is a singular record within the Cocteau Twins’ catalogue – unusually ethereal, even by their standards, and largely instrumental, guided by the free-form improvisations of Harold Budd, an ambient pioneer who had drifted into their orbit as if by divine intervention. Building on the atmospheric bliss of Victorialand, released earlier the same year, it signaled a possible future for the trio, yet it was a path they’d never take again.

Over the ensuing years, The Moon and the Melodies has attracted a passionate fan base. Its most atmospheric tracks routinely turn up in ambient DJ sets. ‘Sea, Swallow Me’ is one of the Cocteau Twins’ most streamed songs on Spotify, having found a new life on TikTok, where it serves as the soundtrack to innumerable expressions of hard-to-express melancholy.

For such a low-key affair, the album casts a long shadow – but Raymonde believes the record’s uniqueness stems directly from its humble, unpremeditated origins. “It captured a moment in time between friends that are enjoying making music together. Really, that’s the essence of it.”

  • Brand new master done by Robin Guthrie

Tracklist:

A1. Sea, Swallow Me

A2. Memory Gongs

A3. Why Do You Love Me?

A4. Eyes are Mosaics

B1. She Will Destroy You

B2. The Ghost Has No Home

B3. Bloody and Blunt

B4. Ooze Out and Away, Onehow


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