Oblique are a Spanish synthpop band whose album Without Making Noise was one of the electro highlights of 2009. Their sound ranges from synthpop to futurepop and Ladytron-style 80s electro. The aptly-named Cathedral EP came out earlier this year (Oblique’s sixth release), bringing the tempo down a notch and hinting at a more reflective and diverse direction for the future. With a large following on MySpace and Facebook, Oblique are active on all social media fronts and are always keen to interact with their fans. Here is a band who quite obviously have a lot of fun making records and performing live: I hope they come to the UK soon! I asked lead vocalist Sonja for Oblique’s top 10 favourite tracks. Read on to find out their selection…
One of the great hymns of Witching Hour. With this song, we fell in love with the vocal melody of Helen Marnie.
2. The Human League — Love Action (I Believe In Love)
I have only good words for my Phil Oakey, great song and great video with a nod to The Graduate.
3. The Whip — Trash
Great British band that with this track they mix bass, guitar and analog in a sublime way. It’s a hit!
4. Joy Division — Transmission
5. The Cure — Lovesong
From the acclaimed album Disintegration, I distinguish this theme which I think is one of the most exciting ballads I’ve ever heard.
6. LCD Soundsystem — I Can Change
James Murphy (DFA owner) created this great album with songs full of analog sounds that it hooks you.
7. OMD — Maid Of Orleans
Mythical song of one of the bands that have impacted me more after The Human League. The video clip is a f***ing wonder!
8. Editors — In This Light And On this Evening
From Birmingham, we receive a wonderful gift: an incredibly great track sung by Tom Smith with his unique voice. Wonderful lyrics.
9. Client — Radio
A hit that launched them to fame. Great memories after being their support band in Spain. Sarah Blackwood and Kate Holmes: we love you!
10. White Lies — Farewell To The Fairground
First single from To Lose My Life (great album!) We were hooked from the beginning, great melody and great vocal pads. We recorded a cover of this song.