It doesn’t take long for Oblisk to draw your attention and take you to a musically unique place. The first song of their album Weather Patterns will leave you wondering where this sound has been all your life. Remnants of My Bloody Valentine begin to surface with their wall of sound technique and spacey vocals, a cosmic sound that is immediately intriguing. Heavy, dynamic, fuzzy, and often incomprehensible, Weather Patterns is perfect for drifting off and becoming lost in the music. An example of shoegazer at its best, Oblisk creates a deep grove, distorted ambient background, and powerful vocals able to lull the listener into a sense of serenity with intermittent urges to dance.
Lead singer-guitarist Asim Akhtar drones over expanding and contracting riffs, poppy drums, and a bellowing organ to create a haunting and powerful ambiance. Heavy in every sense of the word, the emotional ride of Weather Patterns and heavy vamping on guitar add an element of weight and texture to the album reminiscent of great experimental bands of the late 80′s/early 90′s. Taking you from one carefully engineered melody to the next, it’s easy to become completely lost in the world of Oblisk’s music. Peaceful, turbulent, and brilliant, Weather Patterns lives directly between the conscious and subconscious. Wonderfully displaying the ability of precisely calculated melodies and understated vocals to sweep listeners to another plane, Oblisk’s future shows promise.
Difficult to compare to any known Detroit scene or group, the mechanical and ethereal music of Oblisk is difficult to quantify with generic terms and overused musical veins. Keeping in mind that every reference to a genre is loosely based and juxtaposed for the sake of oversimplification, listen to Weather Patterns and see just how deep the sounds of Oblisk reach and how difficult their music is to categorize.