The Obvious and the Surprising


So, there’s not much to report here—beyond the obvious and the surprising.

First up, the obvious. It’s December, and 2009 will be coming to an end soon. What that means for me, of course, is that I’m beginning my annual jaunt through all of the new releases I’ve purchased during the calendar year to pick the best for this year’s compilation. It promises to be as strange as any of them have been over the last several years. I’m still not sure whether I’ll stick with the two-disc format (which definitely makes decision-making less agonizing) or return to the original single-disc version. Either way, expect to see a list over on the Musings page within a week, give or take, of 1 January 2010.

The other, surprising, news concerns one Elizabeth Fraser. She’s the vocalist who is best known for her work as a member of Cocteau Twins in the 1980s and ’90s and for appearances over the last two-and-a-half decades on recordings by Ian McCulloch, Felt, Craig Armstrong, Peter Gabriel and Massive Attack, among others. After being largely silent since the late 1990s, she’s recently emerged with a single on Rough Trade called “Moses,” a tribute to the late Jake Drake-Brockman. You can read her first interview in over a decade as well as hear a stream of the track at the Guardian’s website. Enjoy.