You may remember the Cocteau Twins, the second best band1 on the 4AD label. What I loved about them — apart from their moody, evocative music — was the voice of their singer, Elizabeth Fraser. She made what were essentially nonsense lyrics sound like outpourings from the depths of her soul.
Despite her contributions to the band’s 9 albums and 12 EPs during the course of the 15-year career, Fraser may be best known for her wordless vocalising on “Papua New Guinea” by The Future Sound of London, and her contribution to Massive Attack’s “Teardrop,” a song you’ve definitely heard2.
I bring all this up because I caught this 2007 performance of “Teardrop” on the “Live from Abbey Road” series on the Sundance Channel:
Ten years on, she can still hit every note. And I love the note-perfect performance by the band, including the sound of a crackling vinyl record.
1 The best 4AD band? The Pixies, of course.
2 The intro preceding the vocal is the theme music for “House.”