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Robin Guthrie


Following the late 2021 releases of the ‘Mockingbird Love’ EP, the full-length album ‘Pearldiving’ and the ‘Riviera’ EP, the new year brings yet another new release by legendary Scottish music sculptor Robin Guthrie.

On January 4th, exactly sixty years after his birth, Guthrie is releasing his ‘Springtime’ EP via his Soleil Après Minuit imprint with distribution in North America via Darla and in Europe by Cargo. These four new titles were recorded in the summer of 2021, soon after completing ‘Pearldiving’, his first album in nine years.

‘Springtime’ is a standalone collection featuring Guthrie’s ever present signature sound and atmosphere. His approach to music is perhaps more akin to that of a painter or a photographer. The adept use of light and shade, melody and counter melody, the carefully and precisely arranged instrumentation, musical textures and colorings gives his music a depth and level of detail which marks a master craftsman.

Guthrie comments, “After ‘Pearldiving’, I thought about taking a break as my release schedule has been a bit excessive of late, but I took some time in the studio and got very quickly focused on this as my first release for the new year. Spring is an important time for me. Often it’s time to prepare for what’s to come. It can represent new growth. It can also be a good excuse to use a great photo of some springs that I had taken”.

40 years on from founding Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie has certainly been its most prolific member, offering a steady and stellar stream of material over the years. His film scores include Gregg Araki’s ‘Mysterious Skin’ and ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’, co-written with long-time collaborator Harold Budd. His many other collaborators include John FoxxMark Gardener, Telefon Tel-Aviv, Eraldo Bernocchi and Jay Jay Johanson.

Last year, Guthrie released ‘Another Flower’ with Harold Budd just a few days before Budd’s untimely passing. His recent credits as a producer and remixer include HeligolandJack ColwellResplandorUmmagmaFawns of LoveHatchie and Tamaryn.

‘Springtime’ is available on CD, as well as digitally on all major platforms, including Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp, where it can already be obtained directly from Guthrie himself.

CREDITS
Written and performed by Robin Guthrie
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Robin Guthrie at his studio in Brittany
Album cover by Robin Guthrie
Released by Soleil Après Minuit : SM2104/SM2104CD
EAN: 0602024696254

TRACK LISTING
01  Kino’s Chance
02  The Faraway
03  Another Part of Nowhere
04  All For Nothing

Following the October release of his ‘Mockingbird Love’ EP and the November release of his full-length album ‘Pearldiving’ (his first album in nine years) comes another unique release by legendary Scottish music sculptor Robin Guthrie – the 4-track ‘Riviera’ EP, a collection completed earlier this year.. 

The ‘Riviera’ EP is available on limited-edition CD and as a digital download via Soleil Après Minuit with distribution in North America via Darla and in Europe by Cargo.

‘Riviera’ stands on its own as a release, apart from the album, featuring Guthrie’s ever present signature sound and atmosphere, displaying a refinement and maturity only found in the work of an artist working largely unfettered from the constraints of the music industry.

His approach to music is perhaps more akin to that of a painter or a photographer. The adept use of light and shade, melody and counter melody, the carefully and precisely arranged instrumentation, musical textures and colorings gives his music a depth and level of detail which marks a master craftsman.

“I made this collection earlier this year while taking a break from recording ‘Pearldiving’. I found a common thread among several unfinished tunes, that curiously, they had all been written on the southern shore of some landmass or other in the northern hemisphere. I was pleasantly surprised when they all fell into place together and retained this atmosphere in my head,” says Guthrie.

Earlier, he shared, “After ‘Another Flower’, released just a few days before the untimely passing of my friend and co-conspirator Harold Budd, I felt the need to break my studio down and build it up again afresh to clear my head.”

40 years on from founding Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie has certainly been its most prolific member, offering a steady and stellar stream of material over the years. His film scores include Gregg Araki’s ‘Mysterious Skin’ and ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’, co-written with longtime collaborator Harold Budd. His many other collaborators include John FoxxMark Gardener, Telefon Tel-Aviv, Eraldo Bernocchi and Jay Jay Johanson.

Guthrie’s more recent credits as a producer and remixer include ResplandorUmmagmaFawns of LoveHatchieJack ColwellTamaryn and Heligoland, whose new Guthrie-produced single ‘Don’t Fall In Love With Me’ has also just released.

‘Riviera’ is available on CD, as well as digitally on all major platforms, including Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp, where it can already be obtained directly from Guthrie himself. Robin’s ‘Springtime’ EP will also be released on January 4, 2022 to mark his 60th birthday.

CREDITS
Written and performed by Robin Guthrie
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Robin Guthrie at his studio in Brittany
Album cover by Robin Guthrie
Released by Soleil Après Minuit : SM2102/SM2102CD
EAN: 0602024696261

TRACK LISTING
01  Starfish Prime
02  815
03  Revue
04  The Empress

Robin Guthrie – Les Amourettes

Robin Guthrie – My Courtesan

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