• Robin Guthrie

    Sunflower Stories

    rgirl70, Release Date: 15/3/2010

    Robin Guthrie's four track EP Sunflower Stories

    There are few words to describe Guthrie's new EP: uplifting, summery, opulent, dreamlike, exquisite, moving - with Guthrie quietly coaxing beauty out of layers of echoes and always inventive soundscaping.

    Given the quality of Sunflower Stories, it's not surprising that as a guitarist and producer, Guthrie has been a massive influence on everyone from My Bloody Valentine through to Antony and the Johnsons, new 4AD act The Big Pink and M83. In recent years he's worked with School Of Seven Bells, John Foxx (on last year's Mirrorball album, described by Q Magazine as 'full of myriad charms... encompassing the best of both artists'), Ulrich Schnauss, Harold Budd (with whom he made two albums in 2007, Before The Day Breaks and After The Night Falls) and shared a stage with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine). Most people know about his work in the Cocteau Twins, but he's also produced Ian McCulloch, Edwyn Collins and Felt, as well as defining the now vogue-ishly fashionable early '90s shoegazing scene with his productions for the likes of Lush and Chapterhouse.

    Guthrie is also developing an impressive reputation as a composer of film soundtracks and in the visual arts. He's scored two movies - Greg Araki's Mysterious Skin and the Dany Saadia-directed 3:19 - and performed extensively with Lumière, and the recently premiered follow up Galerie, both films he's created as backdrops for his atmospheric, hypnotic guitar-based instrumentals.

    Guthrie informs us that a third album with the American pianist Harold Budd is also in the works. And he has live gigs and production work on the go all the time.

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