The new EP of Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins on the occasion of Record Store Day

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Elizabeth Fraser, lead singer of the Cocteau Twins, has announced her first new release in 13 years as part of this year’s Record Store Day. Her last record was released in 2009 with the single “Moses”, but she has collaborated with other artists on other tracks since.

In April, Fraser will release a five-song EP under the name Sun’s Signature – a new project she formed with partner Damon Reece, who has played drums for Spiritualized among other bands. The self-titled EP will feature tracks familiar to Fraser fans, including the rare 2000 single “Underwater” and two songs she performed during a solo performance at the 2012 Meltdown Festival, “Golden Air” and “Make Lovely. The Day”.

The disc will be completed by two songs entitled ‘Bluedusk’ and ‘Apples’. The EP will be released via Rough Trade on April 23.

Among collaborative projects, Fraser has continued in recent years working with Oneohtrix Point Never on a new incarnation of his track ‘Tales From The Trash Stratum’. The reworked song was released last year and features Fraser’s vocals laid over strings and plucked keys, which replace the frenetic, glitchy synths of the original.

In 2020 Fraser joined Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi appearing on his track “Cannibal”. “When Sigur Rós was starting out, we were always compared to Cocteau Twins and I really didn’t like that,” Jónsi said at the time. “I hated being compared to anyone. Then I got really interested in the Cocteau Twins two or three years ago. They are so good. I then understood the comparison.

Fraser’s new release is just one of hundreds of new records that have been announced ahead of this year’s Record Store Day. Returning for its 15th installment, RSD will see vinyl, CD and cassette releases sold exclusively through independent record stores. Over 260 stores are currently taking part across the UK and thousands more around the world will also join in the celebrations.

Other releases for 2022 include new work and reissues from Blur, Taylor Swift, Elvis, Bring Me The Horizon, Pinkpantheress, Sam Fender, Blondie and many more.

Check out Elizabeth Fraser’s 2000 “Underwater” below.

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