Video — August 14, 2020 at 8:13 am

Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser lends voice to new single from Sigur Rós’ Jónsi

The musical reemergence of Elizabeth Fraser continues with the release today of a new single from Sigur Rós’ Jónsi, who features the backing vocals of the former Cocteau Twins singer on the track “Cannibal” — which you can hear via its Giovanni Ribisi-directed music video.

The song is the latest single off of Jónsi’s upcoming solo album Shiver, which is due to be released on Oct. 2. Sigur Rós, the acclaimed Icelandic post-rock act, has not released an album since 2013.

In a statement accompanying the release of “Cannibal,” Jónsi said:

“When Sigur Rós was starting, we were always compared to Cocteau Twins and I really didn’t like that. I hated being compared to anybody. Then I got really into Cocteau Twins like two or three years ago. They’re so good. I understood the comparison then.”

Fraser’s appearance on “Cannibal” follows her duet with British folk singer Sam Lee late last year on a new, Bernard Butler-produced recording of ancient folk song “The Moon Shines Bright.”

She first reemerged publicly in September 2018, performing a set of traditional folk songs in London in an exceedingly rare live appearance. She then spent part of last year on the road with Massive Attack on the band’s Mezzanine anniversary tour, lending her vocals to the tracks she performed on that album.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Disappointing to hear that Jónsi wasn’t familiar with the history. Liz still sounds lovely, but that song is horrid. It doesn’t hold a candle to the Cocteau Twins’ brilliance or even Sigur Ros’s comparatively pedestrian work.

  2. when you don’t have anything nice to say…you beg one of your favorite singers to stop being so incredibly boring every time she comes out of hiding. would much rather be reading about a Moon and the Melodies remaster/reissue. c’mon 4AD, it’s way beyond time for it.

  3. I know I’ll never see her live solo or other wise…..oh well I still have my lps.

  4. I know I won’t ever get to see her live in the U.S. oh well atleast I have my lps

  5. Samiam, why? She was just in the US, performing with MASSIVE ATTACK. She will continue.

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