Locals Only Artist of the Month: Robert Delong

December 2, 2014

Seattle has long been a frontier town that attracts musicians who want to invent and reinvent – from Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to the next unnamed musical star. While the sound may change from decade to decade, the Northwest’s music scene is as vibrant as ever. And here at The End we feel it’s important to help put our homegrown talent in the forefront by giving you a taste of our cities musical richness.

“What I want to do now is combine the variety of weird things I like to sonically with a greater focus on the songwriting aspect,” Robert DeLong says. On the Long Way Down EP, DeLong’s first new music since 2013’s critically praised breakthrough debut, Just Movement, DeLong shows both his diversity and maturity.

From the high-energy intro of the opening title track, which segues into “Acid Rain,” a quirky synth-driven tune, to the funky keys of “Feels Like” and the blend of downtempo and Steely Dan-esque pop of the closing “Isabel St.,” DeLong displays a wide range of styles and influences.

Ultimately Long Way Down is the next step for a gifted and compelling artist. “My tastes have changed pretty drastically since I released, or at least since I was writing Just Movement. At this point some of the songs on Just Movement are now five and six years old. So for me it’s been a slow progression to here, but for the average fan of my music it might seem like it’s going to be a quick leap up to something new. I’ve always had pretty eclectic tastes.

Long Way Down is a precursor to DeLong’s second full-length, scheduled for March of 2015. And he promises just as much musical eclecticism, paired with his innovative instrumentation, on the sophomore effort.
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