By Dan Kimple
Posted August 3, 2015
In this historic Anglo-American tradition, the detailed lyrics of singer/songwriter Bobby Long form a vital link in this chain, revealing intimate dioramas, romantic interludes and a search for purpose and redemption.
Long is a marvelously evocative singer whose rich, husky vocal tone enunciates the clarity of the stories. On his latest release, Ode To Thinking, the U.K.-born, New York City resident injects a sense of immediacy and purpose to a suite of 11 songs. Recorded in Austin, TX with producer Mark Hallman at Congress House Studios, Long recorded the entire project in less than two weeks, as Hallman accompanied him on a dizzying range of instruments, from pedal steel to Hammond B3.
Originally from Wigan, U.K., Long grew up in Wiltshire, known as the literary setting for novels by Thomas Hardy. But Long, performing at open mics in London during his
Like Christopher Isherwood and D.H. Lawrence—English writers who chose to live outside of their country––Long acknowledges that its distance and
This summer, Long returned to the U.K. for his first large scale show at one of the world’s most colossal music festivals, Glastonbury. “It was great to play for family and friends,” he says of the event. Following a week in the U.K. this fall, an extensive European tour is scheduled.
“Ode to Thinking,” the title track, is a rumination on social and personal consciousness as underscored by Hallman’s spare organ lines. “I wanted to begin this new album with a statement and then move backwards,” explains Long. “We’ve unchained our monster/And it’s left me feeling unwell,” say the lyrics.
A harrowing story, “Kill Someone,” contains what Long believes is his best ever line: “There’s a man out there talking speaking in tongues/Losing his hair, bleeding gums.” The man in question, whom Long rakes over the coals with unrelenting imagery, is a real person. “He a relative, a member of my family, and the worst person I ever met,” Long says.
In ¾ time, “The Songs the Kids Sing” is annotated with the timeless Continental lilt of an accordion. “I was inspired by Leonard Cohen, who does waltzes that I love,” says Long.Read full article here...