Lost Horizons is a new musical collaboration between Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) and Richie Thomas (Dif Juz).
Simon is also currently celebrating 20 years piloting the revered record label Bella Union, he has scaled another personal peak with a new collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas.
They’re called Lost Horizons, and though neither of them have strictly been lost, their stunning debut album, Ojalá, is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last 20 years. Yet the record is proof of a telepathic relationship through music, established when the pair first became collaborators and friends in the eighties.
Ojalá also incorporates a heady cast of guest singers. Some are signed to Bella Union, such as Marissa Nadler, former Midlake frontman Tim Smith, Cameron Neal (Horse Thief), others are long-time favourites of Raymonde’s (Leila Moss of The Duke Spirit and Ghostpoet), or newer discoveries (Beth Cannon, Ed Riman, Gemma Donleavy and Phil McDonnell). And then there is the incomparable Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission, one of Raymonde’s all-time favourites, in her first collaboration outside of The Innocent Mission and solo recordings, and finally the wonderful Sharon Van Etten.
Come and see one of only a very few small launch shows here in Ramsgate.