Lost Horizons is a collaboration between long-term friends, basist Simon Raymonde and drummer Richie Thomas. The pair first crossed paths in the 1980s when the respective bands, Cocteau Twins and Dif Juz, shared a record label in 4AD, and have worked together on projects since.
In September they take to the stage in our Queen Elizabeth Hall for a very special gig, a first ever live performance of their acclaimed debut album Ojalá in full. Ojalá features an array of talented guest singers, including Midlake frontman Tim Smith, Ghostpoet, Marissa Nadler, Cameron Neal and Liela Moss among others. But at its ethereal heart are the musical background of Raymonde and Thomas.
Here, to help give a flavour of what’s in store, the two artists offer up short mixtapes of their own influences, starting with Simon Raymonde.
‘Richie and I had our musical grounding in punk and reggae,’ explains Raymonde, ‘and while we don’t make music that is specifically either of these genres, there are seeds within, that have their roots there. Around the time we were talking about working together, these tracks (among many others of course) were on constant rotation. There are flavours here that thrown together give a taste of what I am about and where I am starting from.’
Like Raymonde, Richie Thomas has also put together a six-track playlist for us to help set the scene for the upcoming gig.
‘The tracks chosen have had a strong influence on me over the years, they are a bit like old friends,’ Thomas explains. ‘Being from West London some of the most exciting times in music become part of your DNA where you live. You’re influenced by the bands and musicians who contributed to those scenes and cultures. When I saw the music I love performed live I wanted to become part of the process and create something... Rhythm still seems infinite to me. I still feel like I’m rooted and starting from beginning.’