Filigree & Shadow

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Filigree & Shadow
Studio album by This Mortal Coil
Released 20 September 1986
Recorded Blackwing Studios, Palladium Studios
Genre Gothic rock, Dream pop
Length 74:13
Label 4AD
Producer Ivo Watts-Russell and John Fryer
This Mortal Coil chronology
It'll End In Tears
(1984)
Filigree & Shadow
(1986)
Blood
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[2]

Filigree & Shadow is an album released in 1986 by Ivo Watts-Russell's supergroup, This Mortal Coil. The supergroup consists primarily of artists attached to the 4AD label, of which Watts-Russell was the co-founder and (at the time) the owner and president. The album peaked at No.2 in the UK Independent Music chart, spending 16 weeks in total on the chart having entered it on 11 October 1986.

Of the 25 tracks, 13 are instrumental, including the title track.

This was the first double-LP released on 4AD, and introduced the "DAD" (for double album) prefix into the label's catalog [1]. Watts-Russell took careful consideration in shaping the album's four sides so they flowed together as individual wholes. This is lost somewhat on compact disc, as the entire album fits on one CD.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Velvet Belly" - 1:19
  2. "The Jeweller" (Vocals by Dominic Appleton) (Tom Rapp), Simon Raymonde - 3:15
  3. "Ivy and Neet" - 4:48 Simon Raymonde
  4. "Meniscus" - 2:28
  5. "Tears" - 0:21 Simon Raymonde
  6. "Tarantula" (Vocals by Dominic Appleton, Deirdre & Louise Rutkowski) (Colourbox) - 4:58

Side two[edit]

  1. "My Father" (Vocals by Alison Limerick) (Judy Collins) Music Simon Raymonde- 5:58
  2. "Come Here My Love" (Vocals by Jean) (Van Morrison) Music Simon Raymonde - 3:42
  3. "At First, and Then" - 1:58
  4. "Strength of Strings" (Vocals by Dominic Appleton) (Gene Clark) - 4:41
  5. "Morning Glory" (Vocals by Deirdre & Louise Rutkowski) (Tim Buckley) - 2:56

Side three[edit]

  1. "Inch-Blue" - 1:08
  2. "I Want to Live" (Vocals by Deirdre & Louise Rutkowski) (Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb) - 4:05
  3. "Mama K" (1) - 0:53
  4. "Filigree & Shadow" - 1:19
  5. "Firebrothers" (Vocals by Richenel) (Quicksilver Messenger Service) - 3:53
  6. "Thaïs" (1) - 1:08
  7. "I Must Have Been Blind" (Vocals by Richenel) (Tim Buckley) - 3:30
  8. "A Heart of Glass" - 3:45

Side four[edit]

  1. "Alone" (Vocals by Caroline Seaman & Alison Limerick) (Colin Newman) - 4:13
  2. "Mama K" (2) - 0:34
  3. "The Horizon Bleeds and Sucks Its Thumb" - 2:53
  4. "Drugs" (Vocals by Alison Limerick) (Talking Heads) - 3:09
  5. "Red Rain" (Vocals by Caroline Seaman) Music Simon Raymonde- 3:52
  6. "Thaïs" (2) - 3:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Dominic Appleton (Breathless) - background vocals
  • Deirdre Rutkowski - background vocals
  • Louise Rutkowski - background vocals
  • Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) - guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Richard Thomas (Dif Juz) - saxophone
  • David Curtis (Dif Juz) - guitar
  • John Turner - keyboards
  • Alison Limerick - vocals
  • Jean (recorded as Jeanette on Survival Records) - vocals
  • Peter Ulrich (Dead Can Dance) - percussion
  • Keith Mitchell - guitar
  • Nigel K. Hine - guitar
  • Anne Turner - background vocals
  • Les McKeown - background vocals
  • Martin McCarrick - background vocals
  • Hubertus "Richenel" Baars - vocals
  • Chris Pye - guitar
  • Caroline Seaman (Heavenly Bodies, ex-members of Dead Can Dance) - vocals
  • Alan Curtis (Dif Juz) - guitar
  • Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press) - keyboards
  • Andrew Gray (The Wolfgang Press) - guitar
  • Steven Young (Colourbox) - drum programming
  • Tony Waera - didgeridoo

Other information[edit]

Catalogue number:

  • LP: DAD609
  • MC: DADC609
  • CD: CAD609CD

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