Release Date: May 16, 2006
Record label: Darla
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Instrumental
As long as Robin Guthrie is active, he's going to deal with one persistent issue. If he sounds like himself, he'll please a certain portion of his fans who want to be continually reminded of why they got into Cocteau Twins, while others will urge him to move on. It's the price he pays for shaping a specific sound that has been imitated by many. If he had started out sounding like a bunch of other bands, and continued to do something similar to that, album after album, he wouldn't catch nearly as much heat.
Robin Guthrie has pursued his singular, rarefied aesthetic for a quarter of a century now. From his early days as guitarist and producer of ethereal 1980s indie icons the Cocteau Twins through his more recent movie soundtracks and side projects, Guthrie has crafted an exultant music from treated guitars, tape loops and digital alchemy. Never less than pretty, at best his work is breathtakingly beauteous.