Single Review: Les Techno – “Guilty Pleasure”
NYC post-punk artist Les Techno aims for a dance pop vibe on “Guilty Pleasure.” Don’t be scared off by that description. There’s a gritty feel to the song that places it in a kind of male-version-of-Blondie category. Nicely treated guitars and stuttering percussion has a vaguely late ‘70s feel, miles away form what passes for current-day dance pop. Dissonant guitar leads toward the song’s end give it a pleasantly disorienting character that (perhaps only vaguely) suggests Lodger-period David Bowie. With a vocal that seems to recall Lou Reed and Jonathan Richman, “Guilty Pleasure” is a pleasurable track; one needn’t feel the least bit guilty listening to it.
About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.