(8/10) ‘Under Stars’ is the final chapter of a trilogy that began in 2015 with an album entitled ‘Please Come Home’. The following chapter ‘The Big Dream’ continued the concept in 2017 and another two years later it’s this release that marks the closing chapter.
The creative mind behind this trilogy of Lonely Robot is John Mitchell. With ‘Under Stars’ the musician takes a bit more of a down-to-earth conceptual approach, addressing the topic of the youth and their focus on phones and technology, totally missing the real world around them.
This relevant and overarching topic is embedded in eleven songs that are beautifully crafted. Mitchell, together with Craig Blundell (d) and Steve Vantsis (b), recorded songs that are compositions. ‘Under Stars’ comprises of some complexity, a layered structure that supports the songs rather than lasering in all the technical abilities of the involved musicians. It’s about using experience, creativity and ability to create a masterpiece.
‘Under Stars’ is one of these albums that has a special flow. The best thing is to put your headphones one, press ‘Start’ and dive into a world of sounds that’s fascinating. Well-crafted melodies catches you right away. It’s the beauty of melodies and harmonies that creates the magic with this album. It’s a possibility to dream away and turn off a hectic environment for a while.
What’s uncertain at the moment is if there’s a future of Lonely Robot. The cycle is closed with ‘Under Stars’ and Mitchell keeps it open if he will continue with this outfit. Time will tell but at least fans got with ‘Under Stars’ an album that will help them to bridge the waiting time for a decision about the future of Lonely Robot. My personal thought is that it would be a pity of things would end here and let’s hope that ‘An Ending’ isn’t the end.
- Terminal Earth
- Ancient Ascendant
- Under Stars
- Authorship Of Our Lives
- The Signal
- The Only Time I Don’t Belong Is Now
- When Gravity Fails
- How Bright Is The Sun?
- Inside This Machine
- An Ending
Label: InsideOut Music
Release Date EU: April 26th, 2019