Oh, hey, look – I’m posting about ANOTHER LEGEND. I had mentioned Robin Guthrie in the Harold Budd article I published yesterday (since they have collaborated with each other numerous times), and now I get to talk about him a wee bit. If you’re not familiar with Robin Guthrie, perhaps you know who the Cocteau Twins are. If you don’t know who the Cocteau Twins are, you need to look them up. Right now. Anyhow, on¬†Fortune, Robin Guthrie weaves and composes a nostalgic jangly guitar tapestry in which the Cocteau Twins and other late 80s/early 90s shoegaze era bands live on. Without any vocals I’m not sure it can be called proper shoegaze, but the fuzzed out, sleepy guitar riffs overlaying the soft percussion supplements seem to fit all the characteristics of a shoegaze or dream pop song; Fortune¬†even has space rock elements with synthesizers’ chimes ebbing and flowing within the layers of sound within the songs. That wouldn’t be too far-fetched of a description either, as Guthrie has released material on¬†Rocket Girl. This release, like Harold Budd’s¬†Bandits of Stature, was released on¬†Darla – the label Guthrie has released most of his material on to date. Have a listen to¬†Fortune on the Spotify link below, and if you haven’t listened to/heard of the Cocteau Twins, I’ve linked one of their songs below via YouTube. Cheers!
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Fortune seems a particularly fitting title for the new album by Robin Guthrie. Chance, luck and fortune, both advantageous and adverse, are interwoven throughout all our lives. Fortune speaks of an artist‚Äôs life, but it also speaks to all of us on our own journeys. Robin Guthrie‚Äôs music has always been an intensely personal and unique expression, but his gift for the translation and evocation of emotions and experiences lends his songs an appeal that transcends their origins in his own life. It‚Äôs personal, and never more so than on Fortune. In these ten new songs the listener can find a companion and confidant, a source of inspiration and reflection, and above all, a beautiful expression of all that life‚Äôs twists and turns of fortune can bring to our lives.
Opening with the appropriately titled ‚ÄėCadence‚Äô and the seductive, heady waltz of ‚ÄėCircus Circus‚Äô, Fortune quickly reveals itself to be a rich and varied emotional journey. The delicate, refined ‚ÄėLadybird‚Äô and lush, immersive atmospherics of ‚ÄėTigermilk‚Äô lead into the heavenly ‚ÄėLike Water In Water‚Äô and gentle, reflective ‚ÄėLavona‚Äôs Life‚Äô. The album opens up further in the second half. The poise and elegance of ‚ÄėForever Never‚Äô and ‚ÄėPerfume And Youth‚Äô lead into the epic, climactic ‚ÄėKings Will Be Falling.‚Äô The album closes with the tender ‚ÄėAnd So To Sleep, My Little Ones‚Äô, a beautiful track that ends the journey on a note of tranquil reflection.
Fortune exemplifies the lush, layered guitar arrangements that are Robin Guthrie‚Äôs trademark, whilst also displaying a level of poise, orchestration and refinement that can only be found in the work of an artist at the top of his craft. Guthrie‚Äôs approach to his 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 that are the hallmarks of a master craftsman. It‚Äôs often said that the signature of a highly accomplished artist is the ability to make the complex and otherworldly seem natural and effortless. This could not be truer of Fortune, unquestionably Guthrie‚Äôs most sophisticated and refined instrumental release to date.
Throughout Fortune there is a level of finesse and flair that can be hard to find in instrumental music. The key here is the emotional content. In contemporary music this is often thought to be the domain of voices and words. Guthrie‚Äôs instrumental recordings, film soundtracks, and collaborations turn this convention on its head. His is a music of wordless emotion. Free from the dictated meanings of lyrics and vocal clich√©, the listener finds and forms connections and meanings for their own thoughts and experiences. Expressive, beautiful melodies, and orchestrated harmonies speak on an emotional level. The dedication of Guthrie‚Äôs countless followers and the acclaim for his recordings attest to this.
Fortune is Guthrie‚Äôs first new instrumental release since his acclaimed 2011 album Emeralds. In the intervening time he‚Äôs collaborated with Mark Gardner (Ride), Italian electronic artist Eraldo Bernocchi and continued his series of albums with revered American pianist and composer Harold Budd. In addition, Guthrie‚Äôs production, remixes and guest appearances have included the likes of Telefon Tel Aviv, Ulrich Schnauss and Heligoland. All of this is but a small snapshot of a long career. Guthrie first came to prominence through his band Cocteau Twins, a unique and groundbreaking groups whose influence can be heard today in artists such as M83 and School Of Seven Bells. He was not only hugely influential for the iconic shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine, but he also produced much-loved albums for Lush and Chapterhouse amongst many others. In recent years Guthrie has scored director Gregg Araki‚Äôs films ‚ÄėMysterious Skin‚Äô and ‚ÄėKaboom‚Äô as well as independent Spanish film ‚Äė3:19‚Äô. Guthrie‚Äôs discography is vast, varied and testifies to his abilities, vision and knowledge as a producer, musician and guitarist.
2. Circus Circus
5. Like Water in Water
6. Lavona's Life
7. Forever Never
8. Perfume and Youth
9. Kings Will Be Falling
10. And So to Sleep, My Little Ones
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