On this day in 1993, COCTEAU TWINS released their seventh studio album ‘Four-Calendar Café’. Today, I share with you ‘Mockingbird Love’, the new EP from Scottish soundcrafter ROBIN GUTHRIE (now based in northern France) – the first in a series of releases this year. This is the first new music from Guthrie since the ‘Another Flower’albumwith the late HAROLD BUDD, released just days before Budd’s passing in December 2020. Guthrie says, “‘Mockingbird Love’, a four track EP, is the first small collection of music that I have felt comfortable to release for a while. This is my October. ‘Mockingbird Love’ is concise, to the point, with a big sound and baritone guitars. But it’s just an appetizer as my November release and subsequent December releases will show.” DOWNLOAD THE EP / PRESS KIThttps://bit.ly/3BsfUKc
Another stunning offering is ‘Fever Dream’ by Atlanta nugaze / alternative pop-rock duo I AM A ROCKETSHIP, a brilliant “calling card” from their forthcoming ‘Lies and Legends’ LP. Britain’s The Swindonian notes their “balance of drama and delicacy, grace and groove, tension and release, and no one does this sort of musical juxtaposition better than I Am a Rocketship”. Due to multiple requests to share another track from the album for broadcast, I also present the download of the track ‘What’s This For’, which is a Lush-eque powerhouse of a track. You won’t be
Legendary Scottish music-sculptor Robin Guthrie has released a beautiful new 4-track EP, called ‘Mockingbird Love’, via Soleil Après Minuit with distribution in North America via Darla and Europe covered by Cargo.
The first in a series of releases that Guthrie will be releasing this year, ‘Mockingbird Love’ is the first new music from Guthrie since the ‘Another Flower’albumwith the late Harold Budd, released just days before Budd’s passing in December 2020. Brooklyn Vegan says that this music is “typically gorgeous instrumental, drenched in Guthrie’s signature shimmery layers”.
“Of late I’ve been very focused on my instrumental music, which is increasingly an intense endeavour, all the more so as I don’t really share it with anyone. So here I am, finally, with some words about my next releases. ‘Mockingbird Love’, a four track EP, is the first small collection of music that I have felt comfortable to release for a while. This is my October,” says Robin Guthrie.
“‘Mockingbird Love’ is concise, to the point, with a big sound and baritone guitars. But it’s just an appetizer as my November release and subsequent December releases will show. I have everything in production now and, hmmm, what could go wrong?”
39 years on from Cocteau Twins‘ debut release ‘Garlands’, Robin Guthrie has certainly been the most prolific member and remains the grand master of soundscapes, offering a steady and stellar stream of material over the years. Having formed Violet Indiana with Siobhan de Maré (formerly of Mono) following Cocteau Twins’ dissolution, he has since strongly focused on creating instrumental music, while also releasing collaborative albums with Harold Budd, John Foxx (Ultravox) andMark Gardener (Ride).
Apart from the film scores for Gregg Araki’s ‘Mysterious Skin’ and ‘White Bird In a Blizzard’, which were co-written with Harold Budd, Guthrie has also scored the film ‘3:19’, Kaboom and the TV series ‘Now Apocalypse’…
More recently, Robin produced and mixed the new Heligoland album ‘This Quiet Fire’, as well as creating remixes for artists such as Hatchie,Fawns of Love, Resplandor, Ummagma, Ulrich Schnauss and Tamaryn at his studio in France.
‘Mockingbird Love’ is out now on CD, as well as digitally, on all major platforms. it can be obtained directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
Written and performed by Robin Guthrie
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Robin Guthrie
Released by Soleil Après Minuit
Catalogue number SM2105CD
Album cover by Robin Guthrie
02 Eight East
03 In Love and At War
04 My Courtesan
FOR FANS OF: Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins, Michael Brook
FCC clean (all instrumental)
Photos by Violette Guthrie
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