Singles and EPs
Robert Arellano withdrew from public performance and spent a decade honing his vocals, writing, and arranging while raising his daughter… until the foundations began to crumble. Arellano’s “strange motivations” for music, which had been fed by the adulation heaped upon him as a young man, collapsed. The thread to Arellano’s old life and identity frayed, ready to snap. Arellano’s psychedelic folk represents the next stage of his musical evolution and his public re-launch after the hard reckoning of spiritual transformation brought him to ground zero. Arellano’s music combines his distinctive voice with his musical roots: Texas metal, acoustic rock, and the classical sensibility of a boy whose earliest memories are of lying beneath his mom’s grand piano listening to her play Brahms and Chopin. On Time is the first testament to Arellano’s spiritual renewal. Acclaimed guitarist and producer Cameron Greider (Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Natalie Merchant) recognized in Arellano’s music the “same intensity and spiritual sincerity” as in the late esoteric work of PM Dawn (which Cameron co-wrote and played on). With Matt Johnson (who played on Jeff Buckley’s “Grace”) on drums, they emerged from a studio session in Manhattan touched by serendipity and with a live three-piece recording on old-school two-inch tape. The result is the coalescing of magic, ceremony, and music: lo-fi psychedelic that evokes the folk rock of the ’60s and ’70s.