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everlasting • darla records • 2006

release date: september 18, 2006

Okay, I've already geeked out on my Cocteau Twins fandom and told this story on the KEXP blog, so I won't repeat it here, but needless to say, I've been listening to Robin Guthrie's music for most of my life, and even though the Cocteaus broke up in 1996, I'm just beyond thrilled that he's still making beautiful music as a solo artist.

Well, the exciting news is, earlier this year, Guthrie signed a four album deal with California-based Darla Records! His second solo album Continental came out this past Spring on the iconic indie label, and following this fall is Everlasting, which is being called a "companion piece" to the full-length. I'm not sure exactly what that means, but I can translate it to, you can hit "shuffle" on your iPod and play these gorgeous instrumentals intermixed with tracks from Continental and it'll all flow quite nicely!

The EP opens with the soaring "Bordertown", which radiates with such a hopefulness and light. It's interesting that it's immediately followed by "A Sigh Across The Ocean", which calls to mind the darker, moodier moments from the Cocteau's discography. It has a echo-ey eeriness that is both haunting and lovely at the same time.

"Fountain" is the shortest track on the EP, and it finds Guthrie adding a more electronic touch to his signature shoegaze sound, giving it more of a pop feel. Much like "Bordertown", it's filled with such optimism and bliss. Yes, I know that sounds dorky, but it's true, dammit. And the title track closes out the EP, its shimmering guitars combining with a more sonic sound towards the end. (janice.08.06)


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