Music today has been a CD that came through the post this merry morn. It was the first release on Simon Raymonde’s newly formed Bella Union. Could he have imagined how the label would grow to have a stable of such cool music? This album was a Raymonde solo CD with the intriguing title Blame Someone Else (1997) – Cocteau Twins Guthrie and Fraser appeared. Bella Union was originally run by Robin Guthrie and Raymonde (and their manager) as an outlet for the band and collaborations but Raymonde took over when Guthrie moved to France. The label became a great success when Fleet Foxes’ first album sold over a million copies in England. Bella Union continued to sign great acts and you can rely on the label to release something you’re going to like in the same way that 4AD did in the eighties – here’s a small example of their acts: Father John Misty, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Mercury Rev, Peter Broderick, M. Ward, Philip Selway, John Grant, The Low Anthem, Laura Veirs, The Flaming Lips, Lanterns on the Lake, John Tavener, Marissa Nadler, and Arc Iris.
Song Of The Daze
The musical musings in this post are an excerpt from my daily blog, TO WHERE I AM NOW, featured on my main website. See more pictures and read the full post here.