A self-dubbed “purveyor of cool, subversive pop,” Les Techo’s “Flowers For Dystopia” is a song that doesn’t sound like anything else you’ll hear this week. He brings a “post-apocalyptic David Lynch future” feel, but there’s a lot of late 80’s Tears For Fears screeches mixed in here. Give the single a listen for yourself!
The crumbling robot meltdowns that Les Techno achieves on this song is impressively distinct. A lot of the time, I found myself nodding my head to his “don’t let me go” breakdowns. And sure, there’s some weird stuff here lyrically, talks of wizards and masks in the darkness… but it all fits together somehow.
One night, in a dream, I imagined walking out on a stage in some dingy East Village club, with the band playing this riff. I approach the mic and, like a wizard’s incantation, call out “Objects!, Objects!”. I woke up in the middle of the night, ran down into his studio and started recording it.
The song gets better with every listen, and above all else, Les Techno showcases his musical talent and guitar chops. I can only imagine the dream that birthed this song. Something akin to David Byrneing down David Lynch’s house.
“Flowers For Dystopia” may not be for everyone, but for music listeners that are all about calmingly abrasive post-genre jam sessions, definitely give this one a listen.