Lost Horizons isn’t a redemption of such for Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas, but it is certainly a second go at doing something they dearly love: playing, creating, and touring music again. Raymonde told us in our exclusive interview that, “We both realised we would like to do it, just for fun. We never intended for it to go this far. We’re all up there having fun.” This mass enthusiasm and exuberance radiated off both all night at their Brighton headline show, in which they took a backseat and heralded some of Brighton’s finest musicians for a genuinely lovely night of music.
Simon Raymonde lives and breathes music. It’s been around him all his life. His dad, Ivor, was a very noteworthy producer, arranger and musician. Simon played bass and helped produce the work of the Cocteau Twins, a relatively successful and influential indie band of the 80s and 90s. He’s run a record label, Bella Union, since the late 90s, produced and mixed bands such as Brighton’s Clearlake, James Yorkston, and Fionn Regan, and more recently opened a Bella Union shop in the heart of Brighton, selling almost exclusively Bella Union music (as well as his son’s fledgling label Opposite Number, some of Colin Newman’s – of Wire fame, who lives locally – recorded ouput, a few books, and some high quality screen-prints). He’s also taking to the stage again with Lost Horizons, a band he formed with former 4AD label-mate Ritchie Thomas, formerly of Dif Juz. Even though he’s well into his 50s, he’s more immersed than ever, and remains a massive fan of music, old and new.
Lost Horizons have shared a stunning new short film, Triptych, directed by BAFTA winner Kieran Evans. Triptych features three songs from the band’s debut album, Ojala, including ‘The Places We’ve Been’, ‘Reckless’ and ‘Frenzy, Fear’.
Simon Raymonde says, ”Rather than just doing a straight video promo for the Lost Horizons album, Kieran came up with the idea of doing something long-form to tell a story which is linked or inspired by the songs, with the music used within the storytelling to support the narrative. Because I love what Kieran does, I just wanted to see what he would come up with.”