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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd
After the Night Falls
Darla

Rating: 8.6/10 ?


July 13, 2007
Slowly drifting sonic bliss. That's what happens when British guitarist/producer Robin Guthrie and American pianist/composer Harold Budd pair together for a two-disc follow-up to their elegant and atmospheric work on 2005's Mysterious Skin soundtrack. One of the key figures in the late-1980s/early-'90s shoegaze/dream-pop scene, Guthrie has kept himself quite busy as a producer, a member of Violet Indiana, and a solo artist since the Cocteau Twins' '97 demise. But of all of his post-Cocteaus projects, Guthrie's work with Budd has been the most rewarding, a point reinforced by After the Night Falls and Before the Day Breaks.

A true pair of companion pieces, these albums feature complementary titles and artwork, a concept that even extends to individual tracks (see the respective opening songs, "How Distant Your Heart" and "How Close Your Soul"). Throughout both of these instrumental records, the only constants are Guthrie's shimmering, crystalline guitar lines and Budd's achingly spare piano work, highly distinctive sounds that first proved to be simpatico on '86's The Moon and the Melodies, a collaboration between Budd and all three members of the Cocteau Twins. More minimal than Moon but more melodic and structured than Mysterious Skin, After the Day Breaks is also slightly more subdued than its counterpart, but that distinguishing factor is almost irrelevant, since the two are undeniably halves of one mesmerizing whole. Both are utterly gorgeous and highly recommended, especially if you have a worn-out copy of Victorialand and/or Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror in your collection.

Reviewed by Eric Schneider
A freelance writer and editor based in Saratoga Springs, New York, Eric Schneider is a regular contributor to LAS.

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