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Cocteau Twins, former CT bassist Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas of Dif Juz are gearing up to release their second Lost Horizons albums, In Quiet Moments, on February 26th via Bella Union Records. It’s a double and packed with notable guest vocalists to help them achieve their cinematic vision. The terrific first half, which came out digitally back in November, features guest vocals from John Grant, Porridge Radio, Penelope Isles, former Midlake frontman Tim Smith and more, while Pt 2 features Marissa Nadler, Ural Thomas, The Innocence Mission’s Karen Peris, and more.

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As you’d expect from two men who released records during the ’80s arty heyday of 4AD, the artwork is as important as the music itself. The packaging for the Deluxe Edtion vinyl of In Quiet Moments is especially lovely and comes on ocean blue and green vinyl, with a wide-spinned sleeve on uncoated/reverse board and is housed in a cool PVC outer sleeve with printed text. (There’s also a sticker, for those looking to cover logos on your laptop or decorating your fridge.) We’ve got a special edition in our store where the first 100 orders come with an art print postcard signed by Simon Raymonde.  

While we wait for the whole thing to drop, you can listen toIn Quiet Moments Part 1 now along with the Marissa Nadler song, “Marie,” from Part 2:

Releases February 26th, 2021

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Lost Horizons are back with another preview of their “In Quiet Moments” album, this time teaming up with Marissa Nadler for “Marie“. The new track arrives with a video created by Nadler, with editing and direction by Penelope Isles’ Jack Wolter. Lost Horizons say of their new outing, “I don’t think there was ever a second I wasn’t going to find a song for Marissa to sing on the new album track. So much cool stuff came out of our last collaborations on Ojalá, indeed I think we ended up recording four songs from the original idea of doing one! Marissa is a really great & generous collaborator as she really throws herself in deep and commits to it fully. That is a rare and beautiful gift and Richie and I appreciate it enormously.”

“Marie” marks Lost Horizons’ second release of 2021 after Ural Thomas collaboration “In Quiet Moments” that landed earlier this month.

They add, “It was a beast of a track to mix I’ll be honest, and that had nothing to do with Marissa’s vocals, in fact they were a breeze to mix. But the initial music that Richie and I improvised in our basement studio in Brighton was a bit messy and we didn’t use a click or anything to keep tempo so fixing anything later was a lost cause, but it is such a cool piece that I loved creating (I think i put 4 maybe 5 bass parts on with my old trusty Fender VI string bass guitar!) that even when it’s kinda falling apart during that instrumental section near the end, I still love it. It probably sounds like it took half an hour to mix but the truth is it took weeks of starting it, scrapping it, starting over, scrapping it, etc. And yes, I fully intend to ask Marissa to contribute to our next one too.”

In Quiet Momentswhich will follow 2017’s Ojalá, will also feature previous outings “One For Regret” featuring Porridge Radio, “Grey Tower” featuring Tim Smith of Midlake, Then there is the John Grant collaboration “Cordelia” and “I Woke Up With An Open Heart” featuring The Hempolics.

Lost Horizons is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last 20 years. Yet their debut record Ojalá is proof of a telepathic relationship through music, established when the pair first became collaborators and friends in the eighties.  Raymonde was the bassist of the seminal Cocteau Twins, where the vein of melancholia went very deep. Even before the band had signed to 4AD, the label were releasing records by the instrumental quartet Dif Juz, arguably the first word in post-rock, 15 years before it became a trend: Richie Thomas was their anchor; the engine room of their wondrous free-flow. The two bands became friends, and toured together.

Taken from the album ‘In Quiet Moment’s’ due 26th February via Bella Union Records:

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Lost Horizons is the new musical project of former–Cocteau Twin and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas of early 4AD figureheads Dif Juz.

Their debut album, Ojalá ,released in November, incorporates a heady cast of guest singers. Some are signed to Bella Union, such as Marissa Nadler and former Midlake frontman Tim Smith, while others are long-time favourites of Raymonde’s (Leila Moss of The Duke Spirit and Ghostpoet), or newer discoveries (Beth Cannon, Hilang Child, Gemma Dunleavy and Phil McDonnell). Together, the Lost Horizons ensemble has created an hour of exquisite, expansive and diverse spellcasting.

For the live incarnation of the band, Lost Horizons will include three vocalists: Ed Riman aka Hilang Child and Beth Cannon, both of whom appear on the album, as well as Helen Ganya Brown who records under the alias Dog In The Snow. “The Places We’ve Been” features the voice of Karen Peris, and is taken from Lost Horizons’ debut album “Ojalá”, due for release 3rd November via Bella Union Records.

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‘The Places We’ve Been’ by Lost Horizons  (the collaboration between Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde & former Dif Juz and Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Richie Thomas). This single features the melancholic vocals of Karen Peris (Innocence Mission) in a swirling arrangement of plucked guitar strings  which will become part of their debut album due out in November: ‘Ojalá’.

If Peris’ vocal performance wasn’t engaging enough, Lost Horizons creates a crawling pop sound that seems rooted in the stars. “The Places We’ve Been” is simply enchanting in its ambient sound with a sneaking air of the post-punk we would expect from ex Cocteau/Bella Union man Simon Raymonde, including a sleeping guitar solo that fits together with precision.

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“Frenzy, Fear” features vocals from Hilang Child, and is taken from Lost Horizons‘ debut album “Ojalá”, due for release 3rd November via Bella Union.

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Now here’s another song from the album, “Frenzy, Fear,” which features Hilang Child (aka singer/songwriter Ed Riman, a half-Welsh, half-Indonesian Londoner). Listen below.

Raymonde had this to say about the song in a statement: “‘Frenzy, Fear’ was recorded in January this year. I thought I was close to finishing the album and decided I wanted to do some ambient piano + guitar pieces for a possible bonus disc, to show a different side to Lost Horizons. Warren Ellis of the Bad Seeds/Dirty Three told me about this wonderful piano in a small studio just outside Brighton where I live, where he and Nick Cave work a lot, and I took two days there with no ideas or tunes, just improvising and recording everything, warts and all. When I got home and listened back, these seemed more like proper songs than just noodlings, so the minute I started imagining vocals I thought of Hilang Child (Ed Riman) as his voice is simply exquisite, and I knew he would get the vibe and the mood. What he did exceeded all my expectations though.”

Ojalá is set to release on 3rd November from Bella Union Records