“What I’ve got to do is get honest, to stop doing what I was doing. Unfortunately, and this is typical of me, I tend to go from one extreme to the other. To go from an album like Blue Bell Knoll, which is so heavily disguised and removed from reality, to Heaven or Las Vegas, or even more to this one, where everything on it is in English and it’s all audible…it is extreme, I think. But it seems important for me to do that.” Elizabeth Fraser
- September 1993
- 11 min, 24 sec
- Mud and Dark
- All songs written, performed, and produced by Cocteau Twins.
- Additional Engineering: Lincoln Fong.
- Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.
- Additional Guitars on “Evangeline” by Mitsuo Tate and Ben Blakeman.
- Original photography by Walter Wick. Sleeve design by Lifeboat Matey.
- Peaked at #34 on the UK album chart.
- A promotional video was produced for “Evangeline.”
- “Evangeline” has appeared in live performances.
- Digitally remastered and re-released in 2005 as part of Lullabies to Violaine.
- All tracks from Evangeline were included in the 2018 release Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years.
- The song “Mud and Dark” is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus.
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- “Virtual Ethereality”. Sarah Champion. Creem. May 1994.
- Interview. Polish Television TVP2. May 1994.
- “Café of Pain”. Maureen Odell. B-Side. Apr/May 1994.
- “At the Cocteau Café”. Robert Levine. Los Angeles Times. 02-Apr 1994.
- Interview. On the Edge. Apr 1994.
- “The Demons Within”. Stephanie Young. Propaganda: Gothic Chronicle. April 1994.
- Interview with Robin Guthrie. Pat Mannion and Brant Nelson. Dewdrops Fanzine. 1994.
- “Ethereal this, thicky”. Dave Thompson. Alternative Press. Feb 1994.
- “Heart to Tape”. Adam Beyda. Mix. Dec 1993.
- Review of Four-Calendar Café. Josef Woodard. Entertainment Weekly. 19-Nov 1993.
- Interview. Andrew Smith. Raygun. Nov 1993.
- “Sound Whirl”. Andrew Smith. The Wire. Nov 1993.
- Review of Four-Calendar Café. James Hannaham. Details. Nov 1993.
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- Untitled. NME/New Musical Express. 02-Oct 1993.
- “Botanic Rites”. Max Bell. Vox. Oct 1993.
- Review of Four-Calendar Café. Simon Price. Melody Maker. 1993.
- Interview. Kimberly Haas. WXPN Philadelphia Radio. 1993.
- “No More Pre-Raphaelite Bullshit”. Andy O’Reilly. Lime Lizard. Oct 1993.
- “Obscured by Words”. Jason Morgan and Diana Trimble. Mondo 2000. Oct 1993.
- “Fraser-Guided Melodies”. David Cavanaugh. Select. Oct 1993.
- Interview. Peter Suciu. Anti-Matter. Oct 1993.
- “Dreams of Consciousness”. Chris Roberts. Melody Maker. 11-Sep 1993.
- “Cocteaus’ Experiential ‘Calendar’”. Timothy White. Billboard. 11-Sep 1993.