Les Techno is enigmatic. I've reviewed quite a few pieces of his work right here on Now Hear This and I still don't really know what to expect when I press play.
Now comes the single "Ride Along" and I'm in the same predicament. What Les Techno will I get? The noise-rocker? The Nick Cave disciple? The poppy and radio-friendly version? Who really knows? What I do know is that I'm kinda excited to find out.
The tune starts with some trademark Les Techno noise effects. We are into the song before too long and I gotta say, I like what I'm hearing. It's equal parts U2, Oingo Boingo, INXS, and Negativland. That might sound like a bizarre combo but it's kinda what Techno does best. This might be my favorite of his recent singles. Basically, it has everything you need in a Les Techno song. It's got noise. It's got the clever humor. It's got a good melody. It's got a catchy chorus. Come to think of it, maybe I do know what to expect when I press play.
Listen: Not everybody is gonna love this as much as I did. In fact, I'll venture to guess that some people won't like this at all. That said, I think it's a perfect blend of wildly different influences that mix together quite well. Like I said before, this is my favorite of the recent Les Techno singles and I bet if you're a little bit weird, you're gonna love it too. No promises though.
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