Today, NYC band Obliques share a new song as infectiously smooth as it is topically relevant, titled “Instant Pleasure.” Obliques describe the tune as “”a reaction against getting lost in escapism and instant gratification culture” and provided the blog added insight into its inspiration. Read the full feature here. Embed is below
Obliques are led by Zach Van Hoozer and Ben Flesch, who fortuitously met two years back while Zach was playing culturally out-of-context guitar music in Berlin and Ben was working on industrial spa music in New York City. Forging an unexpected bond over classic seventies grooves and cinematic aesthetics, the duo created something distinctly different from their individual efforts to combat a shared disillusionment with the political, technological and cultural climates closing in on their home country.
Obliques expanded their sound in New York City, enlisting producer/drummer Loren Shane Humphrey (NAF, Hideout / The Willowz, Guards) as well as Delta Spirit’s Kelly Winrich and Will McLaren. The band rapidly earned repute by playing a slew of Saturday Night Live after-parties and by performing live with a dynamic 8-piece lineup, including percussion, saxophone and more.
Obliques head to Paris on November 25 to play the sold-out Les Inrocks Festival. They’ll return to New York City on December 4 to play Elsewhere with Journalism. More dates to be announced.