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3 April 1962|
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
Simon Philip Raymonde (born Simon Philip Pomerance, 3 April 1962, London) is an English musician and record producer. He is the son of the late arranger and composer Ivor Raymonde. He is best known as the bass guitarist and keyboard player with the Scottish band Cocteau Twins from 1983 to 1997.
Raymonde runs the Bella Union record label, which has released music by Ezra Furman, Fleet Foxes, Flaming Lips, M Ward, Father John Misty, Van Dyke Parks, Arc Iris, Pavo Pavo, John Taverner, Lowly, Xiu Xiu, I Break Horses, John Grant, Laura Veirs, Midlake, Lift to Experience, Howling Bells, Stephanie Dosen, Beach House, Hannah Cohen, Dirty Three, Mountain Man, the Low Anthem, Veronica Falls, Vetiver, Andrew Bird, J Tillman, Wavves, Abe Vigoda, Peter Broderick, Department of Eagles, Lanterns on the Lake, Alessi's Ark, Sleeping States, the Dears, Explosions in the Sky, Jonathan Wilson and Philip Selway.
Raymonde has acted as producer and mixer on many records, including Clearlake's Cedars, James Yorkston's Moving Up Country, the first two albums by John Grant's first band the Czars, three albums by the Duke Spirit including the hit album Cuts Across the Land, Archie Bronson Outfit's "Kangaroo Heart", Anthony Reynolds' "Just So You Know" and the Open's Silent Hours. He co-produced the posthumous album from Billy Mackenzie. He also mixed the Fionn Regan album The End of History, which was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize, and the debut album by Lift to Experience. Raymonde remixed tracks for Archive, Tristeza and Departure Lounge.
In 1984, Raymonde joined Cocteau Twins, filling the void left by the departed bassist Will Heggie. He remained as a core writer in the band until its dissolution in 1997. As well as his work with Cocteau Twins, he also contributed to the first two albums by This Mortal Coil, another 4AD project.
Raymonde's debut solo album, Blame Someone Else, was released on 6 October 1997, and featured contributions from Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins.
In 2007, he made an appearance in the documentary film Scott Walker: 30 Century Man.
Bella Union was named the Best Independent Label of the Year in 2010, as voted by the UK's indie retailers, and later won this award again in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
He was vice-chairman of the board at the Association of Independent Music in 2013, and has spoken regularly around the world about his experiences in the industry. He presented a weekend workshop with music students at QUT in Brisbane, and has also done master classes at Middlesex University, BIMM and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO in Oklahoma City. He served as the keynote speaker at Big Sound in Australia, Going Global in New Zealand and Norwich's Sound & Vision (where he was interviewed by John Robb).
On 27 January 2014, he released his first music in 17 years, with the band Snowbird. Their album Moon was issued as a vinyl package with one black vinyl and one white vinyl, with artwork designed by Vaughan Oliver and a bonus electronic dub remix album by RxGibbs called Luna.
In summer 2015, he started a new musical project with musician Richard Thomas (formerly of Dif Juz and the Jesus and Mary Chain), called Lost Horizons. Their album, Ojalá, was released on Bella Union in November 2017. The album was named Rough Trade "Album of the Month"; following this, the band were invited by Perfume Genius to be part of the Le Guess Who festival in Utrecht.
In 2018, Bella Union will release a double album celebrating the work of Raymonde's late father, Ivor, who worked with the Walker Brothers, David Bowie, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield, among others.
- Treasure with Cocteau Twins (1984)
- The Pink Opaque with Cocteau Twins (1986)
- The Moon and the Melodies with Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd (1986)
- Blue Bell Knoll with Cocteau Twins (1988)
- Heaven or Las Vegas with Cocteau Twins (1990)
- Four-Calendar Café with Cocteau Twins (1993)
- Milk & Kisses with Cocteau Twins (1996)
- Blame Someone Else (1997)
- Luminus Love in 23 with Nanaco (1998)
- Moon with Snowbird (2014)
- Ojalá with Lost Horizons (2017)
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- "Ivor Raymonde - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2018.