obLONG’s rope a dope (pt 1)

obLONG – Demo EP

One afternoon, again in front of my PC, I put on my earphones and search for a band whose name is rather interesting to me… obLONG. Another assignment from the editors.

I could only think of an American Football ball shape, tricky shadows, prolongation, perfect symmetry.

I start randomly playing obLONG’s songs. First: ‘The Disappointment’, deep breath… it is just one of those moments in everyone’s life when all endorphins seem to go on vacation all at once. A voice floats over those blue notes, exploding in despair in the middle of the song. Good! If music can bring images to my mind and play with my emotions, then it is got to be deep!

After a moment, all dressed in blue songs keep on playing.  It seems I started with the most melancholic word from this band. Postpunk, bass played with picks, strong and decided drum lines, low guitar, and a certain shade of customization with electronic beats, all wrapped up in one rather uncommon and powerful female voice, a style of her own breathing freedom and independence. It makes you want to feel as free as her when she sings, no strings attached.

As her singer expresses freedom the whole band does, such an honest style capable enough to go from passionate sadness to great commotion, happiness, shock and catharsis. No pose to look after, just them and their music.

My favorite track is definitely ‘I am the Noise’ (and I wish I could understand the lyrics better): it is like a shot of pure adrenaline, like I want to shove everybody and just feel free to do what I please.

Key words for oBLONG would be Honest, Freedom of Speech, Catharsis, Unstringed Soul, Independence, all spoken through words of music, past and present together as verbs in every note, no future to worry about, just this moment.

“Reverberate your ears and your neighbors’ and your friends’ with oBLONG’s; just listen carefully, you might savor the taste of Freedom and get addicted to it, find a way to reach it.”

Words: Tonan.

Listen to these tracks at obLONG’s reverbnation (link)

About the author: Due to the sheer amount of music she listens to, Tonan actually bought an insurance for her earphones.

3 thoughts on “obLONG’s rope a dope (pt 1)

  1. Congrats!.

    Sometimes it’s quite difficult to follow a reading like this with out any hint of the group, but, in this case the reading open another way to listen music. I Like IT!!

  2. MMM ME PARECES MUY PASIONAL ME IMAGINO QUE ES EN LA MUSICA SOLAMENTE QUE ENCUENTRAS ILUSORIAMENTE EL LLENADO DE MUCHOS HUECOS, ESO ES BUENO LA MUSICA NO TRAICIONA Y NO EMPALAGA A MENOS QUE ESA SEA TU VOLUNTAD… POR CIERTO TIENES UN GUSTO EXELENTE Y POCO COMUN TE IMAGINO DELGADA MORENA CON UNA SONRISA PICARA Y MISTERIOSA ESCUCHANDO LAS 23 HRS DEL DIA LO QUE TE GUSTA…TU COLOR FAVORITO?? EL NEGRO LO MAS SEGURO ANARQUISTA??TAL VEZ..

  3. ¡Oye, qué bien escribes en inglés! ¡Yo ni en español puedo escribir así, y eso que es mi lengua materna! ¡Me da gusto haberte escogido como colaboradora en las traducciones! ¡Así que YA NO VUELVAS a decir, nunca más, que no te sientes tan buena traductora como cuando eras estudiante! ¿De dónde sacaste esta habilidad? ¡Y además en inglés! ¡Y sobre música! ¡Yo no podría hacerlo jamás, ni siquiera sobre la música que a mí me gusta, la que supuestamente conozco! ¡Me vas a tener que platicar cómo le haces, cómo le hiciste!
    Abrazo, muchas felicidades.
    Gustavo

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