The Raincoats, Extended Play

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

In the liner notes of Incesticide, Kurt Cobain told the story of how he'd tracked down "that wonderfully classic scripture," the Raincoats '1979 debut album, in England. Songwriters Ana da Silva and Gina Birch reformed the group in 1994 to open for Nirvana on the tour that never happened. They did, however, tour America, and recorded this EP for a BBC radio session: two new songs and two early favorites, performed with the sure-footed power and fresh-minded re-conception of the proper language, subject and sound for pop songs that had drawn Cobain to them in the first place.