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Newcoming admirers of shoegaze-inflected black metal owe a debt of gratitude to Fursey Teyssier, the central musician behind France's Les Discrets. Teyssier was one fo the musicians behind sadly defunct french blackgaze wunderkinds Amesoeurs, alongside Alcest guitarist and singer Neige, as well as bassist Audrey Sylvian. without these three musicians, it's doubtful there would be a Deafheaven or Oathbreaker today.

Les Discrets, though, is his Teyssier's baby, and it's been five years since he's produced a new record. Next month's Prédateurs blends even more synths and sparse-but-groovy bats into the project. It's an obvious change, but a welcome one. Even in assuming lighter textures, Les Discrets evokes landscapes of misting rain, fog, streetlights and towering steel. Please sample with "Le Reproche" below.

Fursy has this to say about the song:

"'Le Reproche' is really a key song for Les Discrets. That is the first song I composed with a total new approach on the music and which gave me the confidence and will to go ahead exploring the new horizons that led to the third album. It was planned to be for a side project but it is a Les Discrets song and belongs to nothing else."

It's kind of a tribute to the 80's, New Order or Depeche Mode: its catchy feel, the synth bass line, the overall feel. I love that song so much.

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Prédateurs is out April 21 via Prophecy Productions. Order it here. Follow Les Discrets on Facebook.

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