Filigree & Shadow

Filigree & Shadow

Infobox Album |
Name = Filigree & Shadow
Type = Album
Artist = This Mortal Coil

Released = 20 September 1986
Recorded = Blackwing Studios, Palladium Studios
Genre = Goth
Length = 74:13
Label = 4AD
Producer = Ivo Watts-Russell and John Fryer
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
*Pitchfork Media (8.9/10) [ link] |
Last album = "It'll End In Tears" (1984)
This album = "Filigree & Shadow" (1986)
Next album = "Blood" (1991)

"Filigree & Shadow" was an album released in 1986 by Ivo Watts-Russell's supergroup, This Mortal Coil. The supergroup consists primarily of artists attached to the 4AD label, of which Ivo was the co-founder and (at the time) the owner and president. The album peaked at number two in the UK Independent Music chart, spending 16 weeks in total on the chart having entered it on October 11 1986.

Categorically speaking, this music is considered Goth, as the songs have been described as haunting and perhaps dark, though uplifting (the first vocal track, "The Jeweller", is a good example of this). Of the 25 tracks, 13 are instrumental, including the title track.

This was the first double-LP released on 4AD, and introduced the "DAD" (for double album) prefix into the label's catalog [] . Ivo took careful consideration in shaping the album's four sides so that they flowed together as individual wholes. This is lost somewhat on compact disc, as the entire album fits on one CD.

Track listing

ide one

#"Velvet Belly"
#"The Jeweller" (Pearls Before Swine (band))
#"Ivy and Neet"
#"Tarantula" (Colourbox)

ide two

#"My Father" (Judy Collins)
#"Come Here My Love" (Van Morrison)
#"At First, and Then"
#"Strength of Strings" (Gene Clark)
#"Morning Glory" (Tim Buckley)

ide three

#"Inch Blue"
#"I Want to Live" (Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb)
#"Mama K"(1)
#"Filigree & Shadow"
#"Firebrothers" (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
#"I Must Have Been Blind" (Tim Buckley)
#"A Heart of Glass"

ide four

#"Alone" (Colin Newman)
#"Mama K"(2)
#"The Horizon Bleeds and Sucks Its Thumb"
#"Drugs" (Talking Heads)
#"Red Rain"


* Dominic Appleton (Breathless)
* Deirdre Rutkowski
* Louise Rutkowski
* Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins)
* Richard Thomas (Dif Juz)
* David Curtis (Dif Juz)
* John Turner
* Alison Limerick
* Jean
* Peter Ulrich (Dead Can Dance)
* Keith Mitchell
* Nigel K. Hine
* Anne Turner
* Les McKeown
* Martin McCarrick
* Richenel
* Chris Pye
* Caroline Seaman
* Alan Curtis (Dif Juz)
* Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press)
* Andrew Gray (The Wolfgang Press)
* Steven Young (Colourbox)
* Tony Waera

Other information

Catalogue number:
* LP: DAD609
* MC: DADC609
* CD: CAD609CD

External links

* [ Lyrics]

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