Cavetown brings his story to light in his new album “SLEEPYHEAD”

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Artist photo. Robin Skinner poses in a green-stripped polo. Cavetown, Skinner's artist name, has gained over 250 million Spotify plays.

Brooke Eldridge, Arts and Entertainment Editor

I finally moved out of my parents’ houses, but I haven’t been around very much.”

— Robin Skinner

Robin Skinner, a small town singer turned worldwide sensation, formed Cavetown in 2013 in Cambridge, England. His whole life, Skinner felt “trapped” in his parents home, and so he began making YouTube videos relating to “day-in-the-life,” behind-the-scenes vignettes and singing covers of various songs. Skinner was influenced into music early-on by being the son of a professional flautist and Cambridge University’s director of music. These Youtube videos he created along with original, self-recorded music of his own and his captivating personality skyrocketed his popularity on the internet. Not long after, Skinner gained millions of streams, stages and subscribers around the world.

Cavetown focuses more on the celebration of life than anything else, giving every person who listens to him an experience of laughter, tears and a deep-rooted sense of connectivity to him. With the unique take on connection from artist to fan, it landed him his very first sold-out show and more recently got him as far as the Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, New York City’s Webster Hall and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire venues.

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“Sweet Tooth” art. A unique artistic approach to album art. Cavetown’s “Sweet Tooth” is in his newly released album “SLEEPYHEAD.”

With his growing popularity, Skinner focused on releasing a major label debut album, which released March 27, 2020, “SLEEPYHEAD” on Sire Records. Skinner invested all his time to record, produce, mix and master all eleven songs for SLEEPYHEAD in the comfort of his own London apartment. The ambient indie-rock nuance consists of acoustic guitars, calming melodies and Skinner’s own poetic lyricism.

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A rock-based melody and achieved milestone in Skinner’s personal life is expressed in “Sweet Tooth,” a song included in his debut album. Always struggling with love and not ever really feeling it, “Sweet Tooth” focuses on how all that changed for his boyfriend and he began exploring those feelings one night on a restless tour bus night, writing the song.

“I equate it to being more of a savory person,” Cavetown speaks of the song, “but I felt like I’d gotten a new taste for sweetness.”

While doing his own thing alone, Skinner also helped carve up-and-coming artists careers such as mxmtoon with her 2019 album The Masquerade and the major-label debut for Chloe Moriondo.

“I’ve been able to take a step back from the personal aspect of the songs and more objectively work on things,” he says of his outside production work. “It’s a skill that’s hard to do when you’re so emotionally attached to a song. I’ve been able to take that back into my own songs as well. A lot of the time you get hung up on something that doesn’t matter when it’s your own thing.”

Cavetown’s goal is to prove to the world that he’s not just a foundation of the bedroom pop community, but a leader for the next generation of his genre. Trying to be expressively different in style and lyrics, he hopes everyone will recognize that they all have the same struggles, even if the details are different. “That’s what I’m trying to get across with my music. It’s basically just me telling myself what I need to hear.”