The Moon and the Melodies

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The Moon and the Melodies
Studio album by Harold Budd, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde
Released 10 November 1986
Genre Ambient, dream pop
Length 37:15
Label 4AD
Producer Harold Budd, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde
Cocteau Twins chronology
The Moon and the Melodies
Blue Bell Knoll
Harold Budd chronology
Lovely Thunder
The Moon and the Melodies
Myths 3: La Nouvelle Serenite
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Moon and the Melodies was an album produced by the collaboration of the Scottish group Cocteau Twins and the American composer Harold Budd. It was released by 4AD in November 1986. The name "Cocteau Twins" did not appear on the release, which instead credited the three members (Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde) and Budd individually. The album's heavily treated guitar sounds and euphoric vocalising could be heard in the group's other work from the same period, such as the EP "Echoes in a Shallow Bay" and the album Victorialand. Budd's stylistic piano tonalities and phrasing on this project were echoed in his solo album Lovely Thunder, released in the same year. A version of the track "Memory Gongs" was released on Lovely Thunder as "Flowered Knife Shadows" and was dedicated to Raymonde.

The phrases "bloody and blunt" and "ooze out and away, onehow" came from Fraser's lyrics on the songs "The Tinderbox (Of a Heart)" and "My Love Paramour", both from the 1983 Cocteau Twins album Head Over Heels. Reusing phrases from old songs as titles for others can be considered one of Fraser's signature characteristics, as can her habit of emphasizing syllables in ways that differ from standard usage.

Fraser sang on tracks 1, 4, 5 and 8. Saxophonist Richard Thomas of Dif Juz appeared on tracks 5, 6 and 7.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde and Harold Budd.

  1. "Sea, Swallow Me"
  2. "Memory Gongs"
  3. "Why Do You Love Me?"
  4. "Eyes are Mosaics"
  5. "She Will Destroy You"
  6. "The Ghost Has No Home"
  7. "Bloody and Blunt"
  8. "Ooze Out and Away, Onehow"


Cocteau Twins
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