Phoenix close their fifth studio album Bankrupt!
with this song in which Thomas Mars laments the brand worship of international icons like Coca-Cola. The vocalist told Radio.com that when it came to figuring out the tracklist, the band knew "Entertainment
" would start the album, while this song would end the record since the two echo a notion of loneliness. He went on to compare "Oblique City" to Voltaire's prose romance Candide
Voltaire's most famous work Candide
found the French satirist heaping all manner of adversities upon the smiling eponymous hero, who stands up to them philosophically. Candide
was written at the time of the Lisbon earthquake, which killed 50,000 people, and it was intended to satirize philosophical optimism and to question the goodness of God.