The Human League keeps feeling fascination 

You may not have noticed that they’re back, but we’re here to give you a quick heads-up. Especially since they’ll be playing the Sausalito Arts Festival on Sept. 3.

Yes, that’s right — Phil Oakey’s seminal synth-pop trailblazers The Human League have officially returned after nine years away with a brand-new record called “Credo” — already available digitally, then hitting stores as a physical edition on Sept. 13.

Oakey is still backed by his longtime co-vocalists, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. They conceived the project at their own home studio in Sheffield, England.

It’s difficult to downplay the scene-defining importance of The Human League’s effervescent New Wave classic “Dare,” which opened the door for countless lesser imitators back in 1981 as it went triple platinum.

The band would go on to influence fellow pop-minded auteurs like Madonna, The Pet Shop Boys and even Lady Gaga. And on the first “Credo” single — a staccato, jittery bit of synthesizer fizz called “Night People” — it sounds like the band never went away, even though their last “Secrets” set came out way back in 2001.

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