Robin Guthrie

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Robin Guthrie
Born (1962-01-04) 4 January 1962 (age 53)
Grangemouth, Falkirk, Scotland
Genres Ambient, drone, dream pop, electrogaze
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, engineer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums
Years active 1982–present
Labels Bella Union, Darla Records, Rocket Girl
Associated acts Cocteau Twins
Violet Indiana
Website Official website

Robin Guthrie (born 4 January 1962) is a musician best known as co-founder of the Cocteau Twins.[1] During his career Guthrie has played guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and other musical instruments, in addition to programming, sampling and sound processing. Guthrie also works extensively as a producer and engineer.


Following the break-up of the Cocteau Twins in 1998, Guthrie released his first solo record, Imperial, in 2003 on Bella Union Records. Guthrie's next release, which was co-written with Harold Budd, was the film score for Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin.[2] The soundtrack was released in May 2005 by Commotion and consists of 15 complete songs based on the short pieces used in the film.

In 2006, Guthrie signed a four-album solo deal with Darla Records, the first product of which was the album Continental. He subsequently released two four-track EPs, Everlasting and Waiting for Dawn.

Two more collaborations with Harold Budd (who had previously announced his musical retirement) were released simultaneously in 2007. After the Night Falls and Before the Day Breaks were both co-composed, co-produced and played with Budd. Like the soundtrack to Mysterious Skin, both albums are slow, drifting pieces primarily utilising treated guitar and piano.

Guthrie has also collaborated with singer Siobhan de Maré (formerly of Mono) as the band Violet Indiana. Their first full-length album, Roulette, was released in 2001. A second album, Russian Doll, followed in 2004. In March 2006 Guthrie reported on his weblog that the group had started work again on new material.

In May 2009, Mirrorball, an album-length collaboration between Guthrie and John Foxx was released on Metamatic Records.[3]

A new solo album, Carousel, was released via Rocket Girl in Europe on 1 September 2009[4] and Darla Records on 15 September 2009. Additionally, Guthrie issued the Angel Falls EP in early 2009, and the Songs to Help My Children Sleep EP in October 2009. A further EP Sunflower Stories was released in March 2010

Guthrie's most recent releases are Emeralds (2011) and two collaboration albums with Harold Budd, Bordeaux and Winter Garden (with Eraldo Bernocchi) (both 2011). He played guitar on the Telefon Tel Aviv track "The Sky Is Black", from The Birds EP (2012).[5] Guthrie released Fortune, his newest full length album on 26 November 2012.

Guthrie currently tours live under the name "The Robin Guthrie Trio" consisting of himself, Steve Wheeler (on bass) & Antti Mäkinen (on drums). He currently works and lives in France with his wife Florence, their daughter Violette, and Lucy Belle, his daughter with Elizabeth Fraser.

Recording and production work[edit]

In 1990 Guthrie produced Lush's second EP Mad Love and a few other songs scattered on various compilation albums. He went on to produce their 1992 debut album Spooky and the two singles it spawned, Black Spring EP (1991) and For Love (1992).

In 2005 Guthrie mixed the Amber Smith's third studio album entitled RePRINT which brought the band an international breakthrough.


Studio albums
  • Imperial (2003)
  • Continental (2006)
  • Carousel (2009)
  • Emeralds (2011)
  • Fortune (2012)


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Cocteau Twins: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Robin Guthrie: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Cramp, Nathaniel (2009-05-27). "Album review: John Foxx & Robin Guthrie - 'Mirrorball'". NME. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  4. ^ BARTON, MARK. "ROBIN GUTHRIE CAROUSEL". Losing Today. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Telefon Tel Aviv: The Birds". Retrieved 2 May 2012. 

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