Featherweight soul draws together Robin Mitchell's eclectic tastes, combining tape sounds, retro synths, drum machines, twee indie, trip-hop and soul into a neat (okay, scruffy) bedroom pop package. An early '80s Casiotone 202 keyboard inherited from Robin's grandfather provided the genesis for the featherweight soul sound, and Robin's characterful recordings are easily distinguishable from those of the squeaky-clean MacBook generation.
'Volume V: Down in the City' ties up many of the themes from the first 4 installments of the featherweight soul project, and is above all a soundtrack for the individual trying to find his or her place in the hum-and-drum of the metropolis. Expect a contrast between downbeat grooves and skippy, uptempo gospel stylings, with songs about riding a bike (Bike) or going to heaven (Pools), plus a belated anthem for the Arab Spring (We Are The People).
released September 1, 2015
all songs and all recordings by Robin Mitchell
additional lyrics on 'Down' by Gibbon
artwork and design by Sherony Lock
Isabelle Neill sings on 'Bone Dry', 'Bike', 'Slight' and 'Hanging On'
Robert Short sings on 'Bone Dry' and 'Pools'
Gibbon (Joey Mitchell) sings on 'Down', 'Slight' and 'We Are The People, They Are Not The People'
Leroy (Liam Owen) plays bass on 'Tongue Tied', 'Bone Dry', 'Slight' and 'We Are The People, They Are Not The People'
'Don't worry about a thing' is a field recording made in NY Penn subway station, January 2015
Thanks to Mike Griffiths (Muncle), Nigel Savage, Christophe Blanc (Strophe) and Jesse Edbrooke (Transition) for their specific comments and advice. Thanks to Isabelle, Joey and Liam for their immense support and encouragement with this project, that thanks extends to Hannah and to the Mitchell clan (Tina, Dave, Esther + Nate, Perring, Ben + Shoua). Double dose of thanks to Perring for backing me up musically through the hard times and the good. Thanks to Sherony Lock for being so patient and producing some amazing artwork. Thank you to my supporters, without whom none of this would be possible.
THANK YOU, GENTLE LISTENER, FOR CHOOSING FEATHERWEIGHT SOUL!