4AD dream pop legends Cocteau Twins announced Thursday that two more of their albums would be receiving vinyl represses, namely their 1982 debut Garlands and their fourth studio album Victorialand. This is the first pressing Garlands will have received in a decade, and the first pressing since the ‘80s for Victorialand, which will now be cut at 33? RPM.
While the two aren’t nearly as groundbreaking as the aptly titled Treasure (of which the band is notoriously not fond, with guitarist Robin Guthrie having referred to it as “an abortion” on one occasion) or their definitive Heaven or Las Vegas, but the two are worthy entries for both goth-heads and your general ‘80s alternative fans. Garlands has often been referred to as a love letter to Siouxsie and the Banshees, while Victorialand’s sound is unlike any other in Cocteau Twins’ catalogue, being more stripped-back and mostly acoustic, one of the closest times the group ever came to full-on ambient, such as on track “Feet-like Fins,” which features very mild percussion via Richard Thomas (Dif Juz) on tabla.
This means that the final studio album in their repertoire that has yet to come back to print is their incredible Harold Budd collaboration album The Moon and the Melodies (another of their more ambient fare, given the influence of Budd’s minimalist composition), which features the fan-favorite track “Sea, Swallow Me.” Hopefully the album will get its due reward soon.
Both reissues will be available on March 20. They will be pressed on black vinyl and come with download codes. You can preorder Garlands and Victorialand now via 4AD.