Oh No is the new single from a new album to be released in summer. The single will be available in mid February on the main downloading sites.
This is not the first time that Robert Lauri and Mitch Hiller have joined forces. They have known each other for a long time and decided to pool their talents and creativity once again to bring us Oh No. This is the first track of a series of new songs on the album which will be out in summer.
On this album, Robert Lauri is the composer, arranger and performer, and Mitch Hiller the lyricist. Their pooled talents have yielded pure magic. Very present, almost spellbinding, Robert Lauri's voice is like a key that opens the door to an authentic and original world created by Mitch Hiller's lyrics.
Robert Lauri has been a writer, composer and performer from a very young age. He has penned several hits throughout a long career which spanned ten years at Warner France. He has performed at the most prestigious international venues such as the Zenith, Olympia and Palais des Congres in France, and has also taken part in the Telethon in the US and Canada. Robert Lauri is an eclectic musician with an international aura. He has mastered a wide variety of musical genres and his musical creativity seems to have no bounds. His sensitivity and openness to the world and to others make him a visionary melodist. He is ever prolific and treats us regularly to the range of his creative force. The diversity and wealth of his musical creations were much in evidence in 2011. The albums Western and Country and Power in Heaven were widely acclaimed and confirmed both his major musical talent and his capacity to innovate without respite. Every title is a passport to a new destination... to another world.
Mitch Hiller has written more than two hundred recorded songs. He has performed throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the US. He has also worked as vocal coach and/or as a singer for major labels such as EMI, Sony (Epic and Columbia), WEA, Polydor, as well as for other labels in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States. He has worked in particular as a singer for such producers as Gus Dugeon, Chris Neil and Martin Ware. He has sung and arranged vocals on TV shows like Spitting Image, kytv and Heartbeat. He has performed on a number of cartoons including the long running 'Wisdom of the Gnomes" which was shown in the UK, U.S.A, Canada, Australia and other English speaking territories. Mitch Hiller has also worked on recordings and/or live works for internationally renowned artists as Don Myrick and Louis Saterfield of Earth Wind and Fire, Chicken Shack, Chaka Khan, Billy Ocean, Luis Miguel as well as playing guitar, piano and singing with The Foundations for a number of years.
As a songwriter his songs have been recorded by artists such as Elaine Paige, Johnny Logan, Nick Berry. Geno Washington and Sarah Jane Morris have sung his works. His acclaimed album Scrapbook was released in 2008. He has also recorded an album with Paul Higgs, A Different View.
Artist: Robert Lauri
Song: “Oh No”
Review by Matthew Forss
The gritty and rustic vocal stylings of France’s Robert Lauri are exemplified by a classic
throwback to Euro-Country pop and rock. The latest single, “Oh No”, sung in English,
showcases Robert’s musicianship in an appropriate and engaging manner.
The opening of the song wastes no time with a wailing guitar line backed by drum-kit. The
result is a bluesy, reverberating guitar piece with some country leanings. Robert’s gritty voice
adds another layer of music, while the guitar wavers between a light and full sound. Bell tolls
interrupt the twanging guitar sounds with some swishy percussion noises. Robert’s vocal
delivery possesses German and Russian characteristics, though the lyrics are wholly English.
The country-esque and alternative folk-rock sound resembles the music of America’s Douglas
The latter half of the song features more wailing guitar, bell tolls, swishy percussion, and languid
vocals that contain a relatively low melodic range, but the music suits the voice perfectly.
Robert’s vocals are an exact parallel between Douglas September and Ersatzmusika. The rhythm
guitars are accompanied by some keyboard noises with a cascading sound resembling wind. The
end of the song pulls everything together with drum-kit cymbals and a guitar outro rounding out
the song. Robert’s few repeating lines at the end of the song stops abruptly without a fading
Robert Lauri’s “Oh No” is a unique musical composition that draws upon Euro and Country pop
and rock with a dose of alternative folk thrown in for good measure. Importantly, the song
possesses a somewhat brooding musical melody without much melodic variation or range. The
music contains alternative leanings from German and Russian sources. Whether or not the
geographic references are purposeful; they are fitting. All in all, the guitars and percussion are
well-balanced with the vocals with no ill effects. Anyone with a passion for rock and pop music
containing French, German, or Russian musical arrangements should give Robert Lauri a listen.
Review by Matthew Forss
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
Lyrics by Mitch Hiller :
In the cold of the night
when it's too dark to see
With no questions to answer
'cept the ones inside me
I'm afraid of tomorrow,
Yet I wait for the day
In the midst of my sorrow mits
I can hear what you say
Oh no, oh no, oh no
Is it part of my dream
I remember a time
Far from this solitude
No despair and no misery
And a whole different mood and the hole
There's a face in the mirror
That i don't recognise
Is this voice in my head
Simply telling me lies ssssss
Oh No etc
Are we turning away
From what we really are
Do we fall from the Earth
As we reach for a star
We appear much too clever
When we really don't know
Is the world getting smaller
As we're trying to grow
Oh no oh no
Is it part of my dream