Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk
Label: Pedigree Cuts
To any Cocteau Twins fans lamenting the lack of new material from Liz Fraser and Robin Guthrie, take heart: Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk have taken it upon themselves to make up for it. OK, so their self-titled album lacks Fraser's inimitable vocals, but everything else -- rippling synthesizers, stately chord progressions and, most of all, ringing, reverberant guitars -- evokes the Cocteaus' most lush, sensual material, with nods to Brian Eno and Aphex Twin. For dream-pop junkies, this is the fix you've been dreaming of.