5/2/16 – Cocteau Twins – Iceblink Luck – 1990

Song Of The Day

Iceblink-Luck-by-Cocteau-Twins_MOOKejeZargx_fullIceblink Luck was the most commercial sounding track that the Cocteau Twins ever released even receiving airplay and scraping into the UK Top 40 at No.38, showing that they could be accessible and still be good. Iceblink Luck was an uplifting piece, happy even. You could make out words instead of just sounds and the melodies were beautiful, Liz Fraser’s voice – the queen of all angels through eternity.

In the video Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde appear in colour, fixed in the now, whilst Liz Fraser seems to exist in another time, like a ghost from a black and white movie. The lost wife of a spitfire pilot appearing in the chaos of searchlights and flak, a vision of madness as he wreaks revenge on the murderers of his lover lost in a bombing raid in the blitz, tears stream from his eyes as she sings to him from heaven.

Iceblink Luck appeared on the album Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990) and was the last album for 4AD before signing to Fontana for their last two albums as a band, Four Calendar Cafe (1993) and Milk And Kisses (1996). Since the Cocteau Twins broke up Guthrie has collaborated on many different projects, formed Violet Indiana and made five solo albums. Simon Raymonde is the force behind the record label Bella Union and in 2014 formed the band Snowbird. Liz Fraser has also collaborated on many different projects, appearing on Massive Attack’s Mezzanine (1998) singing the classic Teardrop.

We are still waiting for her solo album….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocteau_Twins

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_or_Las_Vegas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceblink_Luck

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Fraser

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Guthrie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Raymonde

Links to Cocteau Twins related projects on the In Deep Music Archive:

19/11/13 – Massive Attack (Featuring Elizabeth Fraser) – Teardrop -1988

20/4/15 – Felt – Primitive Painters (Featuring Elizabeth Fraser) – 1985

19/4/15 – Yann Tiersen – Kala (Featuring Elizabeth Fraser) – 2005

15/4/15 – All Flowers In Time Bend Toward The Sun – Elizabeth Fraser And Jeff Buckley – Unreleased/Unfinished Demo – Jeff Buckley Documentary – Everybody Here Wants You – 2002

14/4/15 – This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren – 1983

22/5/14 – Snowbird – All Wishes Are Ghosts – 2014

3/2/14 – Snowbird – Moon – 2014

 

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