Songs to the Siren

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How Not To Drown

Chvrches ft. Robert Smith

Single (2nd June 2021), LP (due 27th August 2021)

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This is my second 2021 collab offering - like the previous one, this features two very different voices that combine so well.

Here, Chvrches work with Robert Smith of The Cure to produce a track that is greater than the sum of its parts - even though its parts are great alone.

This is definitely one of my favourite tracks of the year so far.

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White Love (Radio Mix)

One Dove

19th October 1993 (LP)

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The third track featuring Dot Allison on vocals. Here she is with her electronic trio One Dove on a record produced by Andy Weatherall and remixed by Stephen Hague.

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Message Personnel

Dot Allison

6th October 1999 (LP)

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The second of three tracks featuring vocals by Dot Allison - this time a track from her first dรฉbut LP, 1999s Afterglow.

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Dirge

Death in Vegas

13th September 1999 (LP), 24th April 2000 (Single)

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This is the first of three songs featuring Scottish singer Dot Allison.

Here she features on vocals (and co-writing) on Dirge, the opening track from The Contino Sessions, a classic album by Death In Vegas.

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Nautilus

Anna Meredith

4th March 2016

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Scot composer and musician Anna Meredith combines electronica with classical instruments to produce music that has connections to past yet which still sounds fresh and modern.

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Clearest Blue

Chvrches

10th September 2015 (single), 25th September 2015 (album), 2016 (Gryffin remix)

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A glorious uplifting pop tune from the Scotlandโ€™s three-piece Chvrches.

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Supervixen

Garbage

15th August 1995

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The opening track of the dรฉbut album, and literally within 5 seconds it presents a hook so strong, Iโ€™m smitten for life with this song.

The โ€œhookโ€ is just a gap. Yet, to me, this is simply the greatest intro of all.

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Song to the Siren

This Mortal Coil

September 1983 (EP) / October 1984 (LP)

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This is the song that gave this blog its title, so it seems right to open with it. Although itโ€™s a cover, this is the most famous version and, Iโ€™d claim, the definitive version.

Recorded by Liz Fraser and Robin Guthrie of 4AD act Cocteau Twins, this was released on the B-side of a 12โ€ release, then the A-side of a 7โ€, before appearing on the first This Mortal Coil album Itโ€™ll End in Tears

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