Cocteau Twins have pulled the curtains back on a pair of vinyl reissues for Garlands and Victorialand.
Garlands, the Scottish rock band’s debut album was first released in 1982, while Victorialand, their fourth studio effort was released in 1986. The reissues are slated to arrive on 20 March, featuring remastered audio pressed to 140-gram vinyl. They will also feature original artwork from the iconic 4AD visual team: designer Vaughan Oliver and artist Nigel Grierson.
The reissue marks the first time Garlands has been in print since 2009 and the first time Victorialand has been in print since the 1980s. Garlands, which arrived in the autumn of 1982, was the only album to feature the trio’s original bassist, Will Heggie. It was characterised by its cyclical guitars, reverberating feedback, distinct TS808 drums and lead singer Elizabeth Fraser’s haunting vocals.
Victorialand, which arrived in the spring of 1986, was an acoustic-driven effort. With bassist Simon Raymonde away working on This Mortal Coil’s sophomore album, Fraser and guitarist Robin Guthrie were left to their own devices. The result was a nine-track album drenched in acoustic guitars, almost completely devoid of percussion.
See the official announcement for label 4AD below:
Both represses will be pressed on 140g black vinyl, using audio remastered from the original analogue tapes and with art faithful to their original 23 Envelope designs. Download codes are included with both.
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