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Cocteau Twins - Pepper-Tree

Earlier this evening I was sat at the computer, keeping half an eye on Gregg Araki's Kaboom playing on FilmFour. Cute film, rather too self-consciously cool, soundtrack by Robin Guthrie. Then I looked to the computer and saw that Liz Fraser was to perform at this year's meltdown Meltdown. Okay, I can take a hint from coincidence.

Pepper-Tree originally comes from the Cocteau Twins' 1984 EP The Spangle Maker. It's the first thing they recorded with bassist Simon Raymonde, whose sombre, slightly dissonant tones add so much to this track. Plenty has been written over the years about the band's sound, full of spectral, watercolour multitracking, but I think Pepper-Tree stands out in their repertoire for just how damn sinister it is. Not cod gothic sinister, not camp sinister, but emotionally fraught and coming from a very dark place sinister. And then some lackwit decided to coin the term "dream pop" for this sort of thing. Fucking clueless.

Cocteau Twins - Pepper-Tree
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Good old Liz Fraser! I thought she was great in Cabby and Cruising.


I've been hearing people with seemingly good taste express admiration for the Cocteau Twins for years, and my thoughts were always something like, "Really? The Cocteau Twins? Well, I suppose I should give them a chance then, but, I don't know, I seem to recall being sort of unimpressed by their videos back in the day..."

However, it just occurred to me a few days ago that what I'd been remembering was the Thompson Twins. You're not going to post any Thompson Twins, are you?
Haha, wouldn't dream of it! Although now you mention it, that first album of theirs wasn't nearly as dreadful as everything that came after it. Maybe it's time for a critical reappraisal? No, no, must stay strong.