Sunflower Stories by Robin Guthrie on Apple Music

4 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the guitarist for the ethereally driven Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie was the unlikeliest of guitar heroes. He created his sound not with solos but with shimmering sheets of reverbed chords and echoing riffs meant to add spacey, environmental textures to the music’s slow-motion beauty. Sunflower Stories is the third EP, following Angel Falls and Songs to Help My Children Sleep, that consists of his light-as-air guitar touches. The dreamlike soundscapes can surely be used to help children sleep, to allow adults the opportunity to slow down their hectic day, and to enable anyone to meditate to its gentle, soothing sound. The four tracks here total a mere 16-plus minutes. If anything, the tunes often feel too short. “Horse Heaven” at three minutes and 20 seconds is fit for a pop song and it plays as if there are vocals hidden somewhere deep in the mix subliminally calling you into the vortex. “Petals” drips with notes falling like raindrops. This is high-class, first-rate ambient music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the guitarist for the ethereally driven Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie was the unlikeliest of guitar heroes. He created his sound not with solos but with shimmering sheets of reverbed chords and echoing riffs meant to add spacey, environmental textures to the music’s slow-motion beauty. Sunflower Stories is the third EP, following Angel Falls and Songs to Help My Children Sleep, that consists of his light-as-air guitar touches. The dreamlike soundscapes can surely be used to help children sleep, to allow adults the opportunity to slow down their hectic day, and to enable anyone to meditate to its gentle, soothing sound. The four tracks here total a mere 16-plus minutes. If anything, the tunes often feel too short. “Horse Heaven” at three minutes and 20 seconds is fit for a pop song and it plays as if there are vocals hidden somewhere deep in the mix subliminally calling you into the vortex. “Petals” drips with notes falling like raindrops. This is high-class, first-rate ambient music.

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About Robin Guthrie

The chief sound architect of Cocteau Twins and Violet Indiana, Robin Guthrie and his reverb-drenched guitar textures have had a significant impact on alternative music since the early '80s. Numerous acts have emulated his style, and several others -- including Felt, the Gun Club, the Veldt, Ian McCulloch, Lush, and Lift to Experience -- have enlisted his production skills. Along with Cocteau Twins partner Simon Raymonde, Guthrie launched the Bella Union label during the '90s for splinter projects and artists they wanted to help nurture. Guthrie continued running the label during Violet Indiana's late-'90s/early-2000s run. In 2003, he released his first solo album for the label, the completely instrumental Imperial. Another instrumental album, Continental (Darla), as well as the Everlasting EP (Rocketgirl) followed in 2006. He has frequently collaborated with pianist Harold Budd, dating back to 1986's The Moon and the Melodies and Budd's 1988 album The White Arcades. The two scored Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin and released a pair of albums simultaneously -- After the Night Falls and Before the Day Breaks -- on Darla in 2007. A year later, he scored the Dany Saadia-directed film 3:19; the score was also issued on Darla. Yet another ambient album for Darla, Carousel, came in 2009, as well as the Angel Falls and Songs to Help My Children Sleep EPs and the full-length Mirrorball, a collaboration with John Foxx. Guthrie's 2010 activities were led by the Sunflower Stories EP. He stayed busy over the next few years, releasing solo albums (Emeralds in 2011, Fortune in 2012), doing production and remixes, and collaborating -- most notably with old friend Harold Budd (on 2011's Bordeaux and 2014's soundtrack for White Bird in a Blizzard). In 2012, Guthrie began working with former Ride singer Mark Gardener, first on a single (2012's "The Places We Go"), then on an album (2015's Universal Road) that was released on his own label, Soleil Après Minuit. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Falkirk, Scotland
  • BORN
    Jan 4, 1962

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