The almost impossibly elegant and ethereal Scottish trio Cocteau Twins are reuniting for the Coachella Valley Music Festival on Saturday, April 30 (joining the similarly reforming Bauhaus, and in the wake of last year's incredibly successful Pixies re-amalgamation). Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde will take the stage as Cocteau Twins for the first time since 1996. The Twins also hope to play a series of festivals and other exclusive events beginning in June and continuing into the fall.
Coachella promoter Paul Tollet, who was instrumental in booking the Pixies for last year's festival said, "With Cocteau Twins, I just kept persevering. Their booking agent helped me with Pixies, and this year he helped me with Cocteau Twins."
In the last few years, each member has been active in many areas of music and film: vocalist Fraser is featured on the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack and has collaborated with artists such as Massive Attack, Peter Gabriel and most recently, the composer Yann Tiersen.
Guthrie, Rickenbacker-slinging guitarist and sound-sculpter, and bassist Raymonde formed the record label Bella Union, which Raymonde now runs (roster includes The Dears, Explosions in the Sky, Laura Veirs). I highly recommend the exquisite label compilation At Least You Can Die With a Smile on Your Face.
Guthrie recorded his first solo album in a twenty-year recording career in '03, the exquisitely spacious and airy Imperial, in which he creates a diaphanous, evanescent, imperturbable world out of just his guitar and the occasional keyboard. This is a modulating, indistinct musical ambience that arrives and departs through unperceived apertures in the space-time fabric and boast passages so quiet and still as to blur the line between something and nothing. Yet taken as a whole, Imperial is so tangible that the listener may scan the room for physical residue of the music when the disc concludes. Wow.