Robert Coyne's three albums with Can's legendary drummer Jaki Liebezeit - The Obscure Department (2013), Golden Arc (2014) and I Still Have This Dream (2016) - combine cyclical acoustic guitar and drums with Coyne's melancholic lyrics and melodies; a stark but rich sound described by one reviewer as 'a mixture of Krautrock repetition and pastoral English psychedelia.' Solo albums Death Is Not My Destiny (2007) and Last Lion (2016) reflect influences ranging from '50's Rock and Roll and Doo-Wop to '70's Hard Rock and Electronic music, while Woodland Conspiracy is an intimate, darkly humorous acoustic LP.
Out Of Your Tree (2018), Coyne's first album following Jaki Liebezeit's passing in 2017, is both a continuation and a conscious departure from their work together. While the repetition remains, the new album's rhythm is more meditative, sometimes otherworldly, with flashes of lead guitar, keyboards and bass - often coloured with tape echo and reverb - added to the still sparse instrumentation. The distinctive drumming of longtime friend and collaborator Werner Steinhauser adds further musical and emotional continuity, as do the vocals of Robert's wife Wendy, the only other musician on the album.
The son of singer, musician, artist and author Kevin Coyne, and a musician himself from the age of 14, Robert has played with the Scientists, Silver Chapter, Venus Ray, The Barracudas, Amy Rigby, Eric Burdon, Sky Saxon, Jon Langford and Chris Wilson, among many others. His solo work also includes a film soundtrack to the Edinburgh-festival-winning 'The Great Happiness Space' in 2006, the Soft Tread Of The Future EP on Marty Thau's revived Red Star label in 2012, and two songs for Karl Bruckmaier's 2015 radio production of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy.
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The Liebezeit Trilogy, vinyl only box set collecting the 3 LPs recorded with Jaki Liebezeit, out November 2020 on Meyer Records.
New album Out Of Your Tree out on 5th?October 2018?on Meyer Records
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