Boomkat Product Review:
Valuable compilation of single and EP tracks from This Mortal Coil, including one never before heard track, 'We Never Danced', which was originally intended for a Rough Trade Singles Club release but withdrawn at the last minute. Though TMC's sprawling trilogy albums are probably the truest and fullest representation of Ivo Watts-Russell's near-biblical musical vision, many of the 4AD supergroup's finest moments occurred on singles - most obviously their cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren'. Originally a B-side to 'Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust' on the debut This Mortal Coil 12", 'Song To The Siren', voiced by Cocteau Twins' inimitable Liz Fraser, became a mammoth underground hit upon re-release as a 7" A-side, and has since become the most famous of all TMC moments, with famous fans including David Lynch - who tried unsuccessfully to license it for the Blue Velvet soundtrack, and whose work with Julee Cruise it profoundly influenced. All three tracks from the debut EP, which featured a personnel numbering members of Modern English and Colourbox as well as Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Cindytalk's Gordon Sharp are featured - 'Sixteen Days'/'Gathering Dust' is a curiously jangly treat, being a far cry from the kitchen-sink excess that TMC would quickly become synonymous with, and more in line with early Cure and C86-style indie-pop. Gordon Sharp would return to lead TMC's definitive take on Big Star's 'Kangaroo'; other highlights include the dub-fuelled 'Thais (Bird Of Paradise)', the soaring instrumental textures of 'It'll End In Tears' and the cracked avant-funk of 'Drugs'.