The Moon and the Melodies

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The Moon and the Melodies
Studio album by Harold Budd feat. Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie & Simon Raymonde
Released 10 November 1986
Genre Ambient pop
Length 37:20
Label 4AD
Producer Harold Budd, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde
Cocteau Twins chronology
The Moon and the Melodies
Blue Bell Knoll
(1988)Blue Bell Knoll1988
Harold Budd chronology
Lovely Thunder
(1986) Lovely Thunder1986
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(1986) The Moon and the Melodies1986
Myths 3: La Nouvelle Serenite
(1987) Myths 3: La Nouvelle Serenite1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

The Moon and the Melodies is a studio album resulting from the collaboration between the members of Scottish dream pop band Cocteau Twins and the American minimalist composer Harold Budd. It was released 10 November 1986 by 4AD. The name "Cocteau Twins" did not appear on the release, which instead credited the band's three members (Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde) and Budd individually. Unusually the LP edition played at 45rpm rather than the usual 33rpm.

A version of the track "Memory Gongs" was released on Budd's Lovely Thunder as "Flowered Knife Shadows", 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.

Fraser sings 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" – 3:10
  2. "Memory Gongs" – 7:26
  3. "Why Do You Love Me?" – 4:48
  4. "Eyes are Mosaics" – 4:10
  5. "She Will Destroy You" – 4:14
  6. "The Ghost Has No Home" – 7:36
  7. "Bloody and Blunt" – 2:16
  8. "Ooze Out and Away, Onehow" – 3:40


Additional personnel