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ROBERT SOTELO: A Box Room of Ideas - The Audiophile Man
Title: Cusp Label: Upset the Rhythm Sotelo apparently played all of the instruments on this rather relaxed and low key debut album of his that, reportedly, looks at significant boundaries within Sotelo’s own life. Which is all well and good and ‘ho hum’. What does interest me, though, is the approach that Sotelo takes to his music. It’s dense. Layered, even. I could say that he takes a 60s take on the arrangements but, look, the world and his mother are doing the same. The hunt for originality often spirals back into the derivative. Yet, the nostalgic air does betray that very state. The Grandaddy-esque vocal overdubs is just the start. I wonder if Sotelo has the same sort of fear of exposure that used to dog John Lennon, who couldn’t face the revelation of his own voice. Don’t think I’m allying Lennon with Soltelo, either. I’m not. But Sotelo does hide behind his overdubs and his multi-layered arrangements that provide a deep, dense and almost claustrophobic presentation to this album. There’s no aural room. It’s like sitting in a box room full of rubbish accumulated over a period of 30 years. Sotelo also likes his simple repetitive rhythms. He …