Lead single from his Compass Records release SULTANS
"Long has been up front about the album's Fab Four connection … but there are still shades of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan to be found behind all of the studio experimentation and skiffle beats.” – All Music
“‘Sultans' offers a more fully fleshed sound that Long acknowledges owes a debt to the Beatles and other Britpop of the '60s variety." – Billboard
"While Sultans is only occasionally loose and experimental, it does test the limits of Long’s gritty folk template in some unexpected ways. At times, its tightly wounded psychedelic jams recall Jimi Hendrix’s sophomore masterpiece, 'Axis: Bold As Love'." – Magnet Magazine
"In his fourth album, British singer-songwriter Bobby Long opened himself up and and added a splash of unfiltered honesty." – Popdust
View the video for Nautical below:
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long reveals his offbeat sense of humor in the new music video for "Nautical," the breezy, infectious first single from his new studio album, SULTANS. The album finds the singer-songwriter exploring his love of The Beatles and vintage psychedelia along with his producer and long-time collaborator Jack Dawson, who also appears on the album cover and video.
The darkly entertaining, cinematic clip for “Nautical” is inspired by such films as The Collector and Misery and was shot on location in rural New Jersey by filmmaker Arthur Douglass (The Underwater Realm, The Real Life First Person Shooter Series). The video unspools like a blackly comic nightmare, with Long as a jaunty psychopath who decides to kidnap and imprison a musical collaborator played by Dawson, culminating in a "concert" for mannequins and barnyard animals.
"I wanted people to see a lighter side of my personality,” Long says. "It ended up being the weirder side of my personality, but I am really happy how it turned out.”
SULTANS was produced by multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson with whom Long had collaborated and toured with on behalf of his 2012 EP, The Backing Singer. It was recorded over a one year period in a studio in Brooklyn. With Long on guitar, Dawson also played bass on the tracks while studio engineer Dave Lindsay played drums.
"I really love creating and writing," says Long. "It feels as magical today as it did when I was a child.”
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April 11— Cactus Café, Austin, TX
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April 13— Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK
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