Lonely Robot - Under Stars
Under Stars is the third album from John Mitchell project Lonely Robot, diversifying from his impressive career as guitarist, producer and vocalist with bands such as It Bites, Frost*, Arena and Kino. Using the ‘Astronaut’ central character as an observer, Mitchell has previously released finely crafted albums of accessible rock songs with a progressive edge in Please Come Home and The Big Dream. This latest release is very much in tune with those albums and draws the theme to a conclusion. Under Stars has a particular focus on the millennial generation, and the conversely isolating and disconnecting effect that being constantly connected to social media and technology is having upon their perceptions and understanding of the world around them.
Once again John Mitchell has teamed up with renowned drummer Craig Blundell, who has previously drummed with Mitchell in Frost* and Lonely Robot, alongside his duties with Steven Wilson and his forthcoming tours with Steve Hackett. Steve Vantsis of the excellent Lonely Robot live band, and long-time collaborator with Fish, contributes bass guitar on five of the tracks. However, the mainman and star of this project is definitely Mitchell himself. Alongside his impressive and assured vocals, he performs the great majority of other instruments, including guitars, keyboards and some of the bass. Whilst his guitar skills are well known and understandably to the fore in his projects, it is notable on Under Stars that he has reined back on guitar and has turned more towards creating textures and soundscapes with keyboards and programming.