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M83 - Saturdays = Youth

M83 plays an ethereal dream pop. Antony Gonzalez, its mastermind, uses a lot of heavy synthesizers, which sound very much like 90’s new age in my opinion.
Some people call it shoegaze, but there’s only one song that remind me shoegaze, it’s Too Late. This song reminds me of Slowdive.

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Tau Emerald - Travellers Two

Tau Emerald is an experimental folk duo. They make beautiful and enigmatic soundscapes.

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PJ Harvey - White Chalk

White Chalk is the first album by PJ Harvey I listen to from the first to the last track.

It’s absolutely different from her previous albums, that’s why I decided to give it a try.

And she sounds acoustic. Lots of pianos and odd instruments. There’s an ethereal mood all over the album.
It hasn’t called my attention on the first listening but it’s a kind of album that requires some time.

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Cocteau Twins - The BBC Sessions

A BBC Sessions record could have had everything to be the definitve live collection by Cocteau Twins. It embrances the whole Twins carreer, from their early post-punk times to their 1990’s twilight.

The first songs are great. But as the timeline goes further the sound of Cocteau Twins becomes more and more elaborated and sophisticated. In such a manner that there aren’t enough guitars to fill the gaps of their late 80’s and 90’s songs.
Not even the always perfect voice of Liz Fraser could hide the thin sound that was made on those sessions.
It’s a shame, because I watched lots of live footage of Four-Calendar Cafe and Milk and Kisses tours and they were awesome, featuring two guitarists plus Guthrie.

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Ulrich Schnauss - Goodbye

Ulrich Schnauss is a german composer and producer, somehow hype in europe.
He makes relaxing music, which can be described as a mix of Cocteau Twins and Eya, yet fresh.
Fine stuff, I liked it.

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Budd, Raymonde, Guthrie, Fraser - The Moon and the Melodies

A cooperation bewteen the Cocteau Twins and the american ambient composer Harold Budd.

This is a very good release, featuring full CT as we know them plus hypnotic synthesizers by Budd. It’s slower and more calm than most CT releases, but it’s perfect for background music or relaxing/medidating.

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Cocteau Twins - Four-Calendar Cafe

The last but one album by my favourite scotish band.
Its predecessor, Heaven or Las Vegas could have seemed the limits of Cocteau Twins when they reached the 90’s with a fresh and modern approach.
Four-Calendar Cafe is slightly different yet as good as any other CT album. It has the freshness of Heaven or Las Vegas and some tracks appear to have a greater pop appeal, like its hits Evangeline, Know Who You are at Evey Age and specially Bluebeard, my favourite track.

I say Cocteau Twins  is the flawless kind of band.

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