Jon Thompson grew up in a small industrial town outside of Houston, Texas. Close to the coast, it’s the sort of small American town where his only window into the bigger world of music was staying up until 1am on a Sunday night to watch 120 Minutes on MTV. Perhaps it was this, as much as anything else, that led him to pick up a guitar and seek solace amongst the rhythm and the sound.
After stints in many bands, Jon turned his 4-track diversion into his main project. Upon visiting the Tate Modern in London, he christened the project Oppressed by the Line; named after a quote on a placard under a painting by Yves Klein. The quote read, “I adopt the cause of the colour oppressed by the line”.
The painting is gone, but the music remains. After 3 years in London, in which he released his debut, “The Cause of the Colour” on Club AC30, OBTL released the follow up. “Soft Focus”, is overall richer in texture and more thoroughly realized than it’s predecessor. Soft Focus is 10 tracks of mournful melodies and sonic bliss.
During summer of 2006, Jon spent two weeks traveling in Japan. The bones of his third release "Kiku" were written during that time. The tracks were unearthed and finished during the autumn of 2008. Each track was written in a separate context, different cities and locations.