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“Simon Raymonde on Lost Horizons’ New Album ‘In Quiet Moments’”

  • By Dom Gourlay
  • Under the Radar
  • 11-Jan 2021

Simon Raymonde has been a prominent figure in some of the most innovative music to emerge over the past four decades. Whether that be as a musician himself, or in his guise as founder of highly respected independent label Bella Union.

As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with Cocteau Twins, who he played with from 1984 up to their eventual disbandment 13 years later. Raymonde has spent the ensuing years concentrating on the label bar his Snowbird collaboration with Stephanie Dosen.

It was around the time of Bella Union’s 20th anniversary that his most recent project, Lost Horizons, came to fruition. Essentially a duo of Raymonde and former Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Richie Thomas, a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer in his own right, Lost Horizons released their first LP Ojalá at the tail end of 2017 to a wave of critical acclaim. A collaborative album that featured numerous guest vocalists performing a diverse collection of musical styles, sounds and arrangements, Ojalá was the key that unlocked the door for Raymonde’s creative juices to start flowing again.

Lost Horizons are releasing a new two-part double album, In Quiet Moments—part one came out in December and part two is due out February 26 via Bella Union. Previously Lost Horizons shared part one’s atmospheric single, “Cordelia,” which featured guest vocals from John Grant and was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared another song from it, “One For Regret,” which featured Porridge Radio. It was shared via a video featuring Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin. “One For Regret” was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared another song from it, “Every Beat That Passed,” which featured Swedish singer/producer Kavi Kwai. Then just last week they shared the first single from part two, jazzy title track “In Quiet Moments,” which features Ural Thomas, an 82-year-old Portland-based soul singer, and made it to #1 on our Songs of the Week list.

Under the Radar caught up with Raymonde to talk about Lost Horizons and new beginnings.

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