Yuksek at the Mezzanine Saturday March 23th

Yuksek
Saturday March 23th 9pm
The Mezzanine

Boredom and solitude are two things most musicians don’t wear well. Once detachment starts to kick in, terrible things tend to happen – hard drugs, loose women, broken television sets, you know the picture. But when French electro maverick Yuksek found himself both more or less bored with the self-serving demands of the dancefloor and all too often alone on tour, solely accompanied by his collection of synths and FX boards, he wisely decided to avoid the aforementioned trappings and pour his heart and soul into song.

The aftermath: ‘Living On The Edge Of Time’, an album inspired by the numbness of life on the road, the feeling of being alone in a crowd and constant need for creative exploration – but also a collection of unabashed, jubilant pop tunes; introspect and uplifting at the same time.

I admit; mentally, I needed to get away from the new just-for-the-sake-of-being-new trappings of dancefloor culture”, says Yuksek, or Pierre as his friends and mother calls him. “The saturated synth noises, the crunching beats or distorted mayhem; these songs asked for different things. Like melody, for instance!”

The synths are still there, but now they are serving the song, and much less the dj” – adds the classically trained Busson with a wink.

There always was a pop heart beating inside Yuksek’s unique brand of electronic dancefloor bangers. Always catchy hooks hidden between the acid loops, hints of glam and indie infiltrating his energized house beats. Tunes like ‘So Far Away From The Sea’ and ‘Extraball’ from his acclaimed debut album revealed a powerful pop sensibility, deeply rooted into a lifelong affinity to artists as David Bowie, Gary Numan and The Cure, but also a devoted love for Lou Reed circa ‘Transformer’, Serge Gainsbourg, early West Coast-rap and the Warp label.

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