When indie icons The Cocteau Twins split more than 20 years ago they left a void in the world of dreamy shoegazey music.
However, while vocalist Liz Fraser is seldom sighted nowadays, co-founder and guitarist Robin Guthrie has released a string of solo albums – albeit instrumental, i.e. without Fraser’s soaring voice and unfathomable vocals.
Guthrie’s first full-length release in almost ten years has the feel of a soundtrack (whether real or imagined), although the ten tracks here are mostly around the three minute mark, and not exactly whistleable – but then, the Cocteaus were never ones for throwaway pop.
Instead, Guthrie’s trademark heavily-treated guitars, plus synths and piano… and drums, their lazy languorous beats driving beautiful soundscapes.
Fans of his former band should therefore not expect any retreading of past glories but instead a meditative set of tracks which should soothe any post-Cocteaus anxiety.
‘Pearldiving’ is out now. This article originally appeared in the Halifax Courier.