Home Music New Traditional: Les Techno Channels Bowie, Love & Rockets in ‘Does It Make You Really feel Good’

New Traditional: Les Techno Channels Bowie, Love & Rockets in ‘Does It Make You Really feel Good’

New Traditional: Les Techno Channels Bowie, Love & Rockets in ‘Does It Make You Really feel Good’


Anybody who’s a fan of Bauhaus, their follow-up undertaking Love & Rockets, David Bowie, Iggy Pop or, extra just lately, Edwyn Collins ought to know the reclusive but well-respected put up punk artist often known as Les Techno. Lauded for years within the New York music scene for his witty, satirical lyrics and easy guitar work that rivals the nice Robert Fripp, Techno additionally loves working with synths and manufacturing, making his work standard not solely within the put up punk world however within the more and more much less area of interest EDM/experimental electronica crossover world. His latest single, “Make You Really feel Good” is ideal instance of why Les Techno is so revered, and it additionally occurs to be a chill, low key, lofi bop.

If his discography is something to go by, it’s really been a minute since Les Techno launched one in every of his tongue-in-cheek, punky tracks. The final one, “The Fashionable Twist,” launched in late 2021 and was extra rock ahead, with a kind of rockabilly kick to Techno’s guitar work that made it extraordinarily catchy, though not fairly sufficient electronica for YEDM. Generally Les Techno’s stuff has extra techno, typically it has much less (cue trombone going “wah wah”), but it surely’s all the time enjoyable and fascinating, each in model and in substance. Techno can vacillate from 80s-style, synth-driven work like late-era Chris Rea to junkyard nation a’la Tom Waits inside the identical music while showcasing his reward for ambient, oftentimes shoegazey guitar work.

The model factors are definitely there with Les Techno, however he’s additionally recognized for his biting wit inside his lyrics. His post-apocalyptic, typically desolate music is supposed to go with and drive house the purpose of every music, so even should you’re not listening to the vocals, the music will give audiences the eerie tone of dystopia, whether or not they’re on the lookout for it or not. Usually stuffed with social commentary and warnings about what our actions now might value us sooner or later.

“Make You Really feel Good” begins out with a basic Waits-esque story of boy meets lady however rapidly turns right into a touch upon the American dream and the unexamined life; the title and lyric pose a query about whether or not the home, automotive and a pair of.5 children is what most individuals really need or if it’s simply an antiquated advertising and marketing gimmick. As society is quickly altering and individuals are questioning their way of life selections increasingly more, it looks as if an excellent message to launch proper now. With no judgement and a few attractive, pre-wall of sound guitar work a’la Bowie’s Heroes period, Techno provides listeners the choice to determine how this monitor – and their goals for the long run – make them really feel.

After recording tracks with the likes of Run DMC and Mob Deep, Les Techno’s solo work appears to be much less about what others’ goals are and extra about the kind of music he desires to launch. It stands to purpose that he would launch tracks that encourage others to verify they’re not following another person’s path. The truth that he’s in a position to do it in cool, dreamy, lofi swathes of music permits for much more contemplation. Right here’s hoping “Make You Really feel Good” makes its listeners really feel good in trying ahead to extra new tracks from this put up punk prodigy.

“Make You Really feel Good” is out now and may be streamed on Spotify.



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