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Ethereal pop duo Snowbird features vocalist Stephanie Dosen and multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde in his first collaboration since the Cocteau Twins broke up in 1997. When that legendary dream pop band called it quits, Raymonde focused on running his Bella Union label; after helping Dosen release her second solo album, the surprise U.K. hit A Lily for the Spectre, in 2007, they began working together a few years later. Their cover of Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky," which appeared on a compilation for MOJO magazine, marked their recording debut. The pair continued working together when Dosen's visa expired and she returned to the States, with London-based Raymonde sending her delicate, piano-based instrumentals that she contributed vocals to in North Carolina. The duo fleshed out the songs with the help of Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, as well as members of Midlake and Lanterns on the Lake. The results were released as Moon (which included a bonus remix album, Luna) in January 2014. ~ Heather Phares
2010 in London, England