Recognisability and similarity bestow upon us the coziness of comfort. It’s our surprising variations, though, that make us interesting and push us to develop. What Obey Cobra has done on ‘Oblong’ is to wrap subversive art in the comfort wear of familiarity and done it well, for it’s a fine balance that the band has struck.
To call this EP “lovely” would be to merely mouth a platitude. It is not “lovely”. It is indescribably beautiful in the perverse way that deep melancholy can be.
…astoundingly diverse range of musical realms all of which somehow turns out natural the way this bunch does it. That takes an extreme level of intelligence, imagination, and skill to accomplish. I am tempted to use the word genius…
…a grossly under-rated album when it should be hailed as an astonishing act of independence breaking away from the par for course. The tragedy of our world is such that years after its release its themes continue to be relevant and will do so, I’m afraid, for a long time to come.
In throwing a fist at a smug privileged and entrenched lot and in driving for some of that change, Bob Vylan’s music is one of the most important of our times. I haven’t heard anything like this, delivered the way it is.
The machines are here, even if that’s not exactly music to the ears. We are the machines.
And music will rain down upon you as fine spray to gladden your heart or a fiery shower to incense your soul or black acid to madden your mind and rip you apart or the last deluge to wrap you in its tempestuous folds. Music. It will claim you. In terms of the sheer quantity…
‘Meso’ means middle but there’s nothing middle-of-the-road about what Project Mishram and their collaborators have pulled off on this exceptional album.
Imagination and interpretation are what make our relationship with art enriching, creating our own unique, deeply personal bond with it.
The great sickness of humanity is the lack of empathy. Illness is not a crime. And a person with illness is not abhorrent.