On October 18th, 1993, Cocteau Twins released their 7th studio album Four-Calendar Cafe, which was named after William Least Heat-Moon‘s book Blue Highways, where the author rates the quality of a restaurant by the amount of calendars it has hanging on it’s walls.
The album was a departure in sound with it’s more pop oriented melodies, continuing the change begun on the band’s previous record Heaven or Las Vegas, but with even more intelligible lyrics from Elizabeth Fraser’s vocals this time around.
Ironically, this led to Chinese-Pop star Faye Wong recording officially sanctioned Cantonese covers of the album’s tracks Bluebeard and Know Who You Are At Every Age. Faye Wong would then go onto performing backing vocals on the final Cocteau Twins album Milk and Kisses, as well as covering material from that record, and a new track “Yu Le Chang” with guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Simon Raymonde.
Four-Calendar Cafe was the first Cocteau Twins record to not be released on longtime label 4AD. The album was released in the US via Capital Records, with singles and promo videos released for:
- Know Who You Are at Every Age
- Theft, and Wandering Around Lost
- Oil of Angels
- My Truth