Robert SoteloUpset The Rhythm
Infinite Sprawling monorail exclusive with signed photo!
Released: 13th September 2019
|LP - limited green vinyl signed copies!||£17.99||Pre-Order||Dispatched on or before Friday 13th September 2019|
Dark green vinyl, limited to 300 copies! Monorail exclusive edition including a signed portrait of Robert Sotelo, photo by Beth Chalmers
Cosmic pop melodist Robert Sotelo returns this September with his most expansive album yet! 'Infinite Sprawling' is Sotelo's first record since relocating from London to Glasgow and partly inspired by his new city's inclusive and collaborative musicverse. Recorded with Ruari MacLean (of Vital Idles, Golden Grrrls) and Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep, Yerba Mansa) at their home studio Namaste Sound, 'Infinite Sprawling' grew out of Sotelo's sketchbook of skeletal songs, with MacLean and Stevens developing their own drum, guitar and keyboard parts. These songs pulled together like a wakeful stretch on a Sunday morning, flowering with a lightness of touch, sounding both carefree and brisk. 'Message Of Beauty', the first single from the album, is a relaxed ballad of drowsy farewells, swoons of violin and swirled clouds of organ drone.
Sotelo has always excelled at matching up the prosaic with the profound and on ‘Infinite Sprawling’ he does this with aplomb. A collection of casual revelations, lifted out of the mundane, are explored throughout the album’s ten sprightly tracks. ‘Something Besides’ opens the record in blithe reverie, “please don’t be offended if I do not listen, I’m caught in my mind”, cautions Sotelo amid nods of country-twang guitar.
‘Infinite Sprawling’ is an album borne out of new friendships, in a new country, and for all its feet-finding sounds confident and emphatically considered. It’s a work of autofiction in search of quietude, a sublime treatise on the nostalgia threads of rock music, but more than that it’s a signpost to the next destination, a place where Sotelo knows he’s content to have arrived already.