Robert Sotelo - Cusp (2017) [FLAC] Download

Release Name: Robert_Sotelo-Cusp-CD-FLAC-2017-FiXIE
Artist: Robert Sotelo
Album: Cusp
Genre: Indie
Year: 2017
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:37:35
Size: 178.67 MB

“‘Cusp’ is an album that explores the individual in a post-social life era, with Sotelo starting the project initially as an attempt to re-engage with the people he used to know, without relying on nostalgia as a common bond. From this worthy spark of a plan, he’s created something grand and compelling, a vast tapestry of songs that stand up and sound afresh. ‘Bring Back The Love’ is a dream-swept ballad of expansive vocal refrains and pools of spidery guitar contemplation. ‘Marinade’ is a song about having no money wrapped up in a hypnotic cycle of chiming bittersweet guitars and gentle keyboard blushes. “Cut the bread, prepare the jam, spread the table, make it grand, your only ever task at hand, to take from this fair land” sings Sotelo with delicate precision. ‘Bronte Paths’ is another homespun wonder-pop moment, its insistent rhythm and vocal line embedding into your very core, sounding more like a rediscovered gem than a contemporary song.

Many of the tracks on ‘Cusp’ deal with matters of imbalance in Sotelo’s life like when his North London flat fell into disrepair before being swallowed up by property developers (‘Tenancy Is Up’). It’s an album about losing touch with yourself as well as your old social circle, influenced in part by his regular trips to Stevenage helping out with support work. In fact ‘Alan Keay Is Fit For Work’ is directly drawn from his experiences of a man he represented amid the recent benefits debacle. ‘Version’ is a sublimely panoramic number about spending too much time trying to write songs on your own and how it affects your relationships with others. ‘Dr Parsley’ is a complex song of hope rooted in an unsure present, it’s subtle use of percussion and sumptuous vocal helping to guide all who get lost in the song back to themselves. As an album ‘Cusp’ hints at a dislocated happiness now restored, perhaps the title track looks at this most vividly by evoking a feeling of impending newness and optimism. The album closes suitably with ‘Brother You’re Complicated’ a piano-driven high note from the record, lush with choirs of voices and brushed drum flourishes. “Oh my friend, don’t reprise, never-ending, multiply” sings Sotelo, never sounding so sure that the clouds will part and reveal the sun once more.

Recently, Sotelo has put together a live band to interpret these songs in a different context from their lone construction. You get the impression that the initial objective of the project has now come to fruition. The cover of ‘Cusp’ was painted by artist Daniel Sean Kelly and depicts a man chasing after his fallen head through a field of rocks. It’s an image as striking as it perfect for this album as ‘Cusp’ is about loss, recovery and delight in starting anew, finding out the future isn’t just a continuation.”


  1. Robert Sotelo – Tenancy Is Up – 3:16 (600 kbps , 14.01 MB)
  2. Robert Sotelo – Let’s Transcend – 2:04 (719 kbps , 10.65 MB)
  3. Robert Sotelo – Bring Back The Love – 2:38 (688 kbps , 12.96 MB)
  4. Robert Sotelo – Marinade – 3:37 (646 kbps , 16.73 MB)
  5. Robert Sotelo – Bronte Paths – 2:50 (749 kbps , 15.2 MB)
  6. Robert Sotelo – Dance – 3:40 (763 kbps , 20.02 MB)
  7. Robert Sotelo – Version – 3:35 (634 kbps , 16.25 MB)
  8. Robert Sotelo – Dr. Parsley – 2:39 (680 kbps , 12.92 MB)
  9. Robert Sotelo – Alan Keay Is Fit For Work – 3:50 (654 kbps , 17.93 MB)
  10. Robert Sotelo – Cusp – 3:55 (629 kbps , 17.6 MB)
  11. Robert Sotelo – Previous Sleeve – 3:19 (604 kbps , 14.37 MB)
  12. Robert Sotelo – Brother You’re Complicated – 2:14 (626 kbps , 10.02 MB)

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