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Snowbird is the brainchild of Simon Raymonde, former member of the now-defunct dream pop juggernaut the Cocteau Twins as well as founder and current head of the Bella Union record label (the home of numerous well-loved acts including Fleet Foxes, Beach House, and Explosions in the Sky). Although he's been facilitating the release of beautiful music for 17 years since the label opened its doors in 1997, it's also been that long since he's shared his own compositional talent in any official capacity.
Well, that fire has once again ignited courtesy of singer/songwriter Stephanie Dosen, who happens to reside on Bella Union herself. Inspired by her angelic and ethereal vocal talents reminiscent of former Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, Raymonde has returned from his compositional hiatus in the form of Snowbird, a collaboration between the two artists with the intent of producing dream pop of the utmost delicacy and elegance.
And I'm happy to report that the two have resoundingly achieved that goal with their debut. Moon is filled to the brim with delightfully creamy, effortless, and wistful tunes. Perhaps the most striking similarity between the music here and the late, great Twins is the approach to vocal arrangement.Read more ›
The music is indeed ethereal sounding but there is also a distinct lack of drama or build to most of the tracks. I really dont need to hear anyone sing "la da dee, la dee dah" over and over again. I am not sure any singer can pull that off?
The luna version of Come to the Woods would simply be better with no voice track.
The moon version of Charming Birds is arguably the singer's best track.
Guthrie (the other founder of Cocteau Twins) is great in his recent solo CD's and I listen to them at least once a month. It is a similar sound to what we get here, but arguably better. I urge anyone to get one of those, especially "Carousel" or "Fortune." Beautiful work that holds up with repeated listens.
And now there is this, which sounds very very Cocteau Twins, with an only slightly modern twist. It's very palatable, and so if you're hoping this will hint more towards days long gone - you might be pleasantly surprised. Nothing stays the same after all, nothing lasts forever -- but this is a tiny gift of something long-faded from your memory. You may find that nostalgia goes a long way.
Anyway, I wanted to comment more on the vinyl release because the listed info is incorrect. It's two discs, Moon and Luna. Moon is on beautiful white vinyl and Luna is black. As you may have guesses, Luna is all the remixes you see on the mp3 version of the album.
You also get CD versions of both discs, which is super nice. The packaging, in general, is very nice. This is a beautiful first release.
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The album is very reminiscent of his Cocteau days, especially with Dosen charming voice. But it also has a fresh feel that makes it their own!Published 23 months ago by J. Schmid
I have been a Fan of the band The Cocteau Twins since the 80's.
Simon Raymonde of this band has created the most beautiful to date with this recording along with a new... Read more