The Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops (1984)
You wonder where the musical world would be right now if it weren’t for Grangemouth. And when I say ‘Grangemouth’, I mean ‘The Cocteau Twins‘.
Could the band have come from anywhere else? Would they have created such unearthly pop if they hadn’t formed in a refinery town whose heavens were illuminated by the factory’s technicolour plumes? Whose location within the ‘Bonnybridge Triangle’ was the domain of more UFO sightings than Area 51? Whose proximity to cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh) and Central Highland wildernesses intersected urban dreamscapes and rural hinterlands, just like their music? I wouldn’t have thought so.