Obliques Premiere “Instant Pleasure” at Consequence of Soun
Today, NYC band Obliques share a new song as infectiously smooth as it is topically relevant, titled “Instant Pleasure.” Consequence of Sound premiered the track, noting “a 70s nostalgia in Obliques’ infectious grooves.” 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.
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 toNew York City on December 4 to play Elsewhere with Journalism. More dates to be announced.
“soulful, easygoing retro rock … feels ideal for the part of the afterparty when your memories start to blur” – Stereogum
“Obliques have the taste-making pop sensibility to reel you in and leave you wanting more.” – Indie Shuffle
“insanely catchy guitar … honeyed vocals” – All Things Go