This four-song EP of all original material is a companion piece to Guthrie?s sensational ?Continental? full length from a few months back. He continues to mine the same fertile, ambient, Cocteau Twins-ish field to the point where the pessimists amongst you may question why these tracks weren?t included on that album in the first place. So, economically speaking, I?ll grant you the EP has a strike against it as a not-too-subtle marketing subterfuge to get you to buy two albums in place of one.
Be that as it may, there?s no denying the brilliance of the lush orchestral meanderings of the cinematic ?Bordertown,? the ethereal ambiance of the emotionally draining ?A Sigh Across the Ocean,? which easily could have been an outtake from the Twins? ?Victorialand,? or the tinkling electronics and typically arpeggioed guitar flutterings of ?Fountain,? which desperately cries out for the angelic sighing of former Twins? vocalist Liz Fraser. The piano-driven title track floats across the universe on the wings of Seraphim, with an indelible melody and cinematic elegance that once again reinforces my previously stated conclusion that Mr. Guthrie has a lucrative future ahead of him composing film scores should he so desire. Another brilliant and essential listening experience. 9/10 -- Jeff Penczak (9 October, 2006)