Purveyor of cool, subversive Pop, with one foot planted in a dystopian David Lynch future, and the other securely in heady post-punk and gothy 80’s retro vibrations. Les Techno‘s self-produced string of recent singles have all exuded a surrealist attitude and a strange, moody, spacious, danceable signature sound.
His latest single “Edge of the World” is his best to date. A driving, dancy beat, a dubby bass line, an insistent alarm of analog synth and other bits and pieces of guitar in a psychedelic, clubby mixture with Les Techno’s sardonic lyrics about “the party … at the edge of the world.”
“Watching the Amazon burn, this song appeared out of nowhere, as an alarm in my head: we are all at the party at the edge of the world. We party and the world hurls into climate oblivion. “Swept over at the end of the road, where you lose control… you’re at the party at the edge of the world…..”
About Les Techno:
Like a character out of a dystopian movie script, Les Techno projects an effortless mystique and a slight strangeness. Cooled out emotions and swaths of satire drip from his signature croon and artful lyrics. The rawness of the post-punk movement like the Psychedelic Furs and the Talking Heads combined with the electronica-infused pop popularized by artists like New Order all factor into Les Techno’s sound, which would be equally at home on the radio or as vinyl spun at a post-apocalyptic goth club.
Headstuff.org applauds Les Techno’s musical style, noting that “the scrappy riffing and Les’s softly reverberated, crooning vocals sound like something straight out of a classic movie’s montage sequence. His voice carries that confident but quivering quality, traceable to Bowie through Byrne, only a hint huskier. Hook after hook, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Les Techno has charm, wit and charisma in the bag.” Alternative Nation dubbed him “a mad genius” with “seemingly boundary-less approach to crafting powerful, out of the box anthems.”
Les Techno comes from New York City, a rocker that has played guitar and sang in the punk rock hangouts, including in the bands Sim-Stim and Love Posse. Trained as a guitarist, occasionally with the late jazz-man Larry Coryell, Les learned to work with analog synthesizers and analog tape
using razor blades and a grease pencil. While working on his “studio tan,” Les created tracks and mixes across a wide variety of genres: classic hip-hop with Run-DMC (Profile) and Mobb Deep (Loud/RCA), reggae dance-hall with Georgie Blacks (“Kickup Unwine”, RCA), techno dance with
Stimulator (“Are you a Freak?”/ PowWow), and dance remixes for Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Higher Ground”). He also worked with the late legendary funkmaster Bernie Worrell (“Downtown”, Virgin/EMI).
Les Techno’s familiarity with producing these different sonic styles is readily heard in Les’ music. Cinematic, challenging, and filled with all variation of carefully crafted ear candy, Les Techno’s music is the sound of a man truly making the music he wants to make. This project is a new mixture of rock guitar sounds, electronics, hip hop beats, and live bass. And his satirical lyrics delivered with a Morrison flavor.
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