Violet Indiana is the new project featuring Cocteau Twin /
Guitar God / Certifiable Musical Genius Robin Guthrie, and Siobhan
De Mare, formerely of generic british trip-hop band Mono. What
made Guthrie decide to work with De Mare? Granted she has a
pretty good voice -- and in his hands it is better utilized
than it was on that Mono LP! However, her lyricism never really
inspired me. Then again, Guthrie worked with Elizabeth Fraser
for almost 20 years, and no one knows what the heck she was
saying. Maybe Guthrie is more interested in voice as an instrument
as opposed to the content of what has to be said. I can respect
that. And, after listening to this EP, i conclude that he made
a good choice -- De Mare has a very nice voice.
Or maybe i would like any voice that happens to be backed by
Guthries swirling guitars and beats. I dunno.
Anyway, there are only four tracks, so lets examine each!
Okay, well, there you go. For all the rest of you Cocteau Twins
fans out there you should rush and buy this. If you like trip-hop,
it's probably worth a listen. Pop fans might enjoy it as well.
- Purr La Perla. Guthrie plays guitar with extremely
light distortion (weird for him) and lets her sultry voice
carry the song. Showcases De Mare to really good effect.
- Busted. Light sampled beats, her voice, him playing
light lilting guitar (a la Victorialand) --
then, suddenly, the song ROCKS! An odd juxtaposition, but
- Silent. De Mare singing in a vaguely moaning and
passionate style layered over overdriven guitar. This song
is light and repetive, everything a pop song should be. It's
the one i liked best on first listen. However, the music is
the simplest on this song, and on repeated listens i recognize
- Torn Up. The drum samples on this song are more like
what the Cocteau Twins used. On the whole, this is a pretty
straightforward pop song, but not too remarkable. It does
sound very Heaven Or Las Vegas musically.
My verdict -- pretty good, but not amazing. In general, the
beats are light and the songs remind me of slow jazz. Her singing
is sultry, but clear. It shows potential, and i look forward
to hearing more of this Guthrie / De Mare collaboration.