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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Darla
  • ASIN: B000P6R6K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
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Darla is proud to offer a pair of companion piece CDs by two Masters, Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd. After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks are not ambient. Both are instrumental, absolutely beautiful and as emotionally charged as any previous work from either artist. The pair of albums complement one another, each track with its twin on the companion piece, the two conceived as experiments in the dualities of music and emotion. As with all classic recordings from the Masters the listener desires repeated listening to absorb their full sonic implications. This is soulful music that allows one to find that place within where peace and perspective are achieved. It moves effortlessly to erase the chatter of modern life and inspire meditation on things important. It may help the listener better see their way forward. Robin's trademark guitar sound and Harold's signature piano sound first came together when Harold collaborated with Cocteau Twins on The Moon and the Melodies LP (4AD), 1986. The record was as strikingly beautiful as it was popular. In fact, it was the romantic recording of the decade. Here again Guthrie and Budd's signature sounds are absolutely made for each other; in heaven.

It's been more than 20 years since pianist Harold Budd's first full collaboration with guitarist Robin Guthrie's former group, the Cocteau Twins, on The Moon and the Melodies. Primed by their atmospheric collaboration on the score to Mysterious Skin, they pick up where they left off, sans the voice of Elizabeth Fraser, on a pair of matched CDs, After the Night Falls and Before the Day Breaks. Guthrie lays down his signature deep-echo guitar arpeggios and shimmering electric glissandos while Budd drops piano notes, each placed with the elegance and thought of a Zen garden. The latter, whose 2005 retirement appears to have been greatly exaggerated, has lately been stripping away the electronics and making an introspective solo piano music, often born from melodic fragments and languid improvisations. It's nice to hear them framed by Guthrie in an electric gossamer where melodies flutter like tattered cobwebs in the echoing wind. So it's not surprising that some tracks have a tendency to vaporize. Songs with a bit of grounding like "Seven Thousand Sunny Years," with its spare rhythm track and refracting guitars, tend to hold up a little better, while "My Monochrome Vision" just wanders into the drone zone. Of the two albums, After the Night Falls is more structured and formed, although Budd and Guthrie do wait until the last track of Before the Day Breaks to unleash a welcome slice of contrasting aggression with "Turn on the Moon." Totaling 81 minutes between them, I'm not sure why the albums couldn't have been condensed into a single disc, making a tighter, less diffuse statement. Yet both have more than enough moments of sublime melancholy and deep ruminations to provide a soundtrack for that long lonesome film in your mind. --John Diliberto

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As beautiful as its counterpart. Oct. 21 2007
By M. Chapman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with the sister cd "After the Night Falls", this is beautiful relaxing ambient music.
I too wonder why the 2 cd's were not simply released as a single disc, given their length. This way however you do get the individual and complimentary cover art!!
Fans should also try the soundtrack to "Mysterious Skin".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Ambient music you will indulge in April 1 2008
By Manny Hernandez - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I barely became aware of the release of this album in early 2008 (it came out in mid-2007). Yet, since I found out about it, it's become a fixture in my iTunes playlist. The ethereal sound of Harold Budd (one of the early creators of Ambient music along with Brian Eno) blends in impeccably with the guitar work of Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins fame) to yield an album that you will indulge in time and again.

Along with the companion After The Night Falls, this is an album you will find yourself listening in times of trouble and in times of joy equally, non-intrusive music that you can work to and write to as much as you can mellow to.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
East of Midnight with Budd & Guthrie Jan. 20 2008
By Winslow Bunny - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie, a pair of legendary names in the ambient music world, created a two-album theme of music and emotions with Before The Day Breaks and After The Night Falls. Creating a kind of minimalist sound with these albums, the pair have created relaxing ambient music demonstrating that sometimes less is more, and better. Both are excellent for unwinding after work, for quiet times and perhaps even catching your breath at work. This is a definite recommendation for those who want their music a little calmer & quieter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Chill And Wash April 6 2008
By sonyactivision - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Collaboration continues. This second installment of the binary 2007 release from Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie brings more sonic landscaping and oceanic tumult from the two arguably best figures of the genre. More sharply focused and signatory than their "After The Night Falls", this album delivers that evocative Harold Budd mysticism and Robin Guthrie's guitar washes in full effect. Fans of Marconi Union and O Yuki Conjugate must have this; fans of both Messrs. Budd and Guthrie should already have this.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must for fans Dec 6 2007
By Christopher Wild - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of the Cocteau's Moon and the Melodies, you will enjoy this continuation. Sure, Budd and Guthrie have both had many stylistic changes over the years, and have experimented with various mutations, but there's no denying that when they collaborate, as on MM, something beautiful happens. Fans and newcomers will not be disappointed.