Exclusive: Hear Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser’s first full-length music for 20 years

Singer composes soundtrack for new Sky Arts drama The Nightmare Worlds Of HG Wells

Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser has written her first full-length music since the band split in 1998.

Loaded can reveal that Fraser and her husband Damon Reece have composed the music for Sky Arts’ new drama series The Nightmare Worlds Of HG Wells.

Cocteau Twins made eight albums including the critically revered Blue Bell Knoll and Heaven Or Las Vegas during their 16-year career. The trio’s final album was 1996’s Milk And Kisses.

However, since they disbanded 18 years ago, Fraser has only released two solo singles – Underwater in 2000 and 2009’s Moses – as well as working with Massive Attack, The Future Sound Of London and Yann Tiersen.

The Nightmare Worlds Of HG Wells is a series of four films based on stories by HG Wells, the Victorian author who wrote The War Of The Worlds and The Time Machine. Its cast includes Ray Winstone and Michael Gambon. It starts on Sky Arts on January 28 at 9pm.

Operatic music composed by Fraser and Reece – who is also the drummer of Spiritualized and Lupine Howl – can be heard in a trailer for the series.

Fraser has written music for the soundtracks of The Lord Of The Rings and Cruel Intentions, but The Nightmare Worlds Of HG Wells is hers and Reece’s first full-length solo soundtrack project.

Cocteau Twins were due to reform in 2005 to headline Coachella Festival, but Fraser said she felt unready to play live. Her only solo concerts since the band ended were at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2009 to promote Moses. As well as an array of Cocteau Twins tracks such as Athol-Brose and Pearly Dewdrops-Drop, Fraser played six solo songs which remain unreleased.

Rough Trade, who released Moses, said they had no plans to release an album by Fraser.

Despite Fraser’s name being attached, there are as yet no plans to release her and Reece’s soundtrack for the Sky Arts series.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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