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Before the Day Breaks

Review by Andy Kellman

 

Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd go back to 1986, specifically The Moon and the Melodies, a collaboration between the Cocteau Twins and the pianist. Guthrie aided Budd on 1988's The White Arcades, and the pair resumed their relationship roughly 16 years later to record the score to Gregg Araki'sMysterious Skin. During the spring of 2006, they recorded together again for five days, resulting in the synchronously released After the Night Falls and Before the Day Breaks. Anyone familiar with anything either musician has done together -- or, to a somewhat lesser extent, apart from one another -- won't be surprised by their output here. They shouldn't be left unsatisfied, either, as the instrumental pieces are as gorgeous (yet subdued) and expansive (yet intimate) as imaginable. Though this material could just as easily function as a score, it differs from Mysterious Skin in that it is a little more tangible, like there might've been more effort put into fully engaging the listener. As expected, percussion is almost entirely absent, with the exception of an elusive pulse and some very distant snare rolls.

 

Credits

 

Producer – Robin Guthrie

Recorded By – Aaron DeMatteo, Ken Kato , Loredana Crisan*, Tom Brownlow

Written-By, Performer – Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie

 

Notes

 

Recorded in the Spring of 2006 at SF Soundworks, San Francisco, California. Mixed in the Autumn of 2006 at Robin's home near Rennes, France. 
Companion release to After The Night Falls

Tracklist

 

1  How Close Your Soul

2  A Formless Path

3  A Minute, A Day, No More

4  She Is My Weakness

5  Outside, Silence

6  Hidden Message

7  I Returned Her Glance

8  My Monochrome Vision

9  Turn On The Moon

2007

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