Cocteau Twins - Tiny Dynamine & Echoes in a Shallow Bay, New Remastered Audiophile 180g LP
PINK ORANGE RED – Slow, Moody and atmospheric, conjuring images of happy dreams and sad realities. Liz’s simply stunning vocals combined with the hit of haunting guitars in the first section of the song really make this track. A very special opener to side 1.
RIBBED AND VEINED – Sinister sounding chord progression and shrill guitar motifs, accompanied by synthesizers and overall heavy production, sends the listener back to the time when it was first recorded. An album filler but by any standard – a nice instrumental.
PLAIN TIGER – After listening to the previous track, the importance of Liz’s vocal becomes clear in this track. With floating melodies and backing vocals being sung at counterpoint, Liz’s singing transforms a basic song structure into an ever changing piece of art.
SULTITAN ITAN – Liz approaches this song with more aggression than the previous tracks, which adds a nice variation to her usual sweet falsetto. Side 1 finishes at the point of a musical climax, leaving the listener craving side two.
ECHOES IN A SHALLOW BAY
GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY – An unusually structured song with an unusual vocal to go with it. Liz serenades the listener with a sad, longing vocal. A song which steadily modulates in and out of different keys, sending the listener round in circles from start to finish.
MELONELLA – An intricately written song packed with variation. The band yet again demonstrate their ability to write a complex song. The instrumentation makes you feel like you’re flying, which fits perfectly with the songs stunning lyrics, which are basically all Latin words for butterflies, moths and bees, which I think is so clever and so beautiful.
PALE CLOUDED WHITE – An up-tempo, uplifting song, which is dominated by one chord, making the first chord change all the more special. The lead guitar sounds like a banshee, whilst the circular motion of Liz’s vocals and the swell of synthesisers all contribute towards this little gem.
EGGS AND THEIR SHELLS – Sounding like a songbird, Liz sings alongside jangly, delayed guitars in this atonal sounding masterpiece. This track is a flawless and ideal finish to such a wonderful album. A concrete definition of utmost beauty. I can guarantee this track will make anyone fall in love with Cocteau Twins.