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robin guthrie - Emeralds
Robin Guthrie has been oddly prolific in the last few years, churning out a seemingly endless stream of shimmering records for his legion of fans. They're all good too, and latest jam 'Emeralds' is his most consistent yet, blending the peerless haze of his patented Cocteau Twins sound with a more modern, cinematic bent. Guthrie is no stranger to the world of movie soundtracks and has composed a seriously good trio of scores for acclaimed director Greg Araki, and this has no doubt stood him in very good stead for 'Emeralds'. The biggest change here from his last slew of records (especially the excellent collaborations with pianist Harold Budd) is the inclusion of drums, giving even more dream-pop weight to his already dreamy sound. At times I could almost be listening an instrumental Cocteau Twins - the songwriting is absolutely unmistakable and all the sounds are there and perfectly realized. It might not be anything particularly new, but to these ears there is nobody who conquers the sound more effectively than Robin Guthrie; you can take your M83s and your School of Seven Bells, but this is the real thing and all the better for it. Recommended.