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Robin Guthrie is the unlikeliest of guitar heroes. Yet with his work with the Cocteau Twins, he has influenced everyone from the legendary My Bloody Valentine to shoegazer and ambient groups throughout the world. His solo releases are an extension of his work with the Cocteau Twins. There are no elongated solos or spotlight pieces. The emphasis is on the atmospheric touches that make for captivating headphone listening where the layers may be slowly peeled away. The absence of vocals make tracks such as “Sparkle,” “Delight” and “Search Among the Flowers” musical pieces worth meditating to. The guitar tones are so lifelike, it isn’t unusual to imagine a vocal hidden underneath the reverb, lost somewhere in the echo canyons.  While the pieces are mostly brief and concise, they flow together to create one long composition with a variety of valleys and vistas. Picking a highlight is difficult, but there are shimmering points of melody in the gentle “Close My Eyes and Burn” and the wistful “Waiting By the Carousel” that cause the ears to prick up in attention as little points of sparkling light reflect off this river’s flow.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful relaxation

Another slice of heavenly music. Just listening to this will lower your blood pressure and decrease your stress. It's hard not use words like shimmering, gossamer and delicate. Truth is it is all those things and is worth every penny. Invest in this and kiss goodbye to your cortisol and adrenaline... you can't help but sigh and smile.

The stuff that dreams are made of

Robin Guthrie "Carousel" is just pure bliss to listen to."Sparkle" and "Search among the flowers" are just stunning. "Delight" is so beautiful and finishes in a shower of gorgeously shivering melody. Over all, this album has left me speachless and wanting more. Again, thank you Robin for sharing "Carousel" with us.


This is a fantastic record, truely serene and charming.


Born: 04 January 1962 in Falkirk, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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