As part of the 80s dream-pop pioneers Cocteau Twins, Elizabeth Fraser transported listeners to ecstatic and otherworldly realms, propelling her instantly recognisable soprano into abstract and unruly heights. Since then, Fraser has spent much of the 25 years since Cocteau Twins out of the spotlight. She made an appearance on Massive Attack’s seminal Mezzanine album – most notably their biggest hit “Teardrop” – but has only put out two releases of her own.
Her new project as Sun’s Signature, recorded with her life partner Massive Attack drummer Damon Reece, offers more of these encompassing atmospheres. With her first music in 13 years, the group’s self-titled debut EP has a dreamlike quality, with Fraser’s vocals like cosmic musings against a backdrop of chamber music, trip-hop, film soundtracks and Spanish guitar. Taking its inspiration from nature, it’s an ethereal listening experience akin to drifting through clouds. At just under 30 minutes, its intricate textures leave you feeling light and airy, like tuning into an alien transmission from a faraway planet.
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