Robi Mitch likes to keep busy, penning songs at a prolific rate and flitting between genres at will, always managing to inhabit a dreamy-yet-groovy space fed by 70s psychedelic rock, 90s mixtape culture and overtones from global music scenes. A fixture of the musical underground in Bristol for over a decade, he has toured in Taiwan, France and Germany, and is now based in Cornwall.
Robi was named after ISB's Robin Williamson, and a folk music upbringing was followed by formative years fronting post-punk and garage rock bands. His musical horizons have continued to expand, with experiences as a session guitarist in Taipei lending a unique quality to his sound.
Our Year, Robi’s debut EP, was released in January 2020 as a limited edition vinyl. Balancing laid-back production with meticulously crafted and occasionally epic arrangements, Our Year has drawn comparison to the cosmic synth-psych of Pink Floyd amongst others. There are distinctly British tones in the vocals and the jangly guitars, alongside breezy tropical flavours borrowed from Taiwan.
"Amazing" - Richard Pitt (BBC) "Heavenly" - Obscure Sound
Robi followed up with “Distant Sun,” a bootleg release from sessions with Taiwanese producer Yuchain Wang (Sunset Rollercoaster, Green Eyes). Downtempo, pensive and driven by drum programming and synth arpeggiators, Distant Sun showcases a different side to Robi's musicality and songwriting.
"Beautifully haunting" - Playlist Boutique
Over the latter half of 2020 and into 2021, Robi put out a string of singles in association with Nice Guys Records and Fruit Machine, earning airplay from the USA to Korea, and spending time in Spotify's prestigious "Fresh Finds" playlist. These songs were taken from (and set the tone for) Robi's indie pop mini-album Future Perfect, released on cassette and digitally in April 2021.
"Diverse, blissfully warm and utterly infectious" - Small Music Scene
As a lyricist Robi plays activist, poet and philosopher, blending humour with melancholy and existential disquietude. Loki Lillistone (Bristol In Stereo) put it well when he said that “Robi's timeless songwriting unravels not dissimilarly to Cass McCombs'.” There is a certain looseness present which is hard to define but easy to recognise, and which appeals immediately to those for whom it is already familiar. Perhaps this is the essence of the quality we call “soul.”
Robi returned to the studio in late 2021, emerging with a collection of new tracks which build on his existing repertoire through a warm, expansive sound, and a mystical leaning to his songwriting. The idea for “Nothing New Under The Sun” arrived as Robi was kicking back for a siesta in the Wadi Rum in Jordan. The song plays out as an existential trip through desert surroundings, narrated via Robi’s laid-back vocal and accentuated by cosmic synths, hazy reverbs and tight, funky percussion.