What do you mean by lost classics?
Well, it’s not a critical term. It’s me that never found them. So they may not be lost after all. I just didn’t catch them at any point before now.
The kind of record that you know is a keeper on first listen. Keeper being an American word that means something you will (or are likely to) stick with over the long-term. Personal classics, universal classics? Who knows.
What does sleeps with the fishes mean to you, as a phrase?
Death and comedy. It comes from Cosa Nostra -speak. Someone who sleeps with the fishes is someone who’s been chucked off a bridge, presumably into the Hudson. The comedy comes from the use of the plural fishes rather than fish. Fish is the plural form of the word as well as the singular. Fishes is plural only in the sense of multiple species of fish. There’s a joke in there somewhere, albeit submerged. Made me laugh, and that’s what counts.
Ophelia. From the Shakespeare play. The record reminds me of all those 19th century paintings of the character in death, as well as Laertes’ line … Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears.
Best track on the album?
For me, it’s Several Times 1. As a composition it’s not like anything from Havergal Brian’s Symphony No.1 – but there is an important similarity. Moonlight. This is the sound of moonlight. And in April, when the moon is higher in the sky than it has been in the preceding months, it’s a good time to listen to this stuff.
What other records on 4AD are you a fan of?
Coincidentally enough, The Moon & The Melodies by Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd. Which also does the water thing (Sea, Swallow Me). Moon and water – must be a 4AD thing. Although George Orwell maybe kicked the whole thing off with his 1946 essay, The Moon Under Water, which was about his ideal pub. I wonder what was on the jukebox?