In these uncertain times, there’s no manual for how to proceed into the future—but where words might fail, Le Destroy is intent on at least creating a forward-thinking soundtrack for the road that lies ahead.
Under her nom de plume, Kristina Olson, an Austin-based singer-songwriter and resolutely global citizen, will release her debut album, Trashumanism in August. The title is a riff off the sociological idea of transhumanism, or the evolution of people as they become integrated with increasingly intelligent forms of technology.
“Trashumanism is more about regression and the negative impact of technology and social media, and the turn we have taken on the more divisive side,” she says. “You’d think with all this technology we’d be growing and evolving and be able to have these complex solutions to the complex problems we are facing, yet it seems like things are more rife with division than ever and a growing struggle for power.”
In ten gritty tracks that run the gamut from aggressively haunting industrial to passionate punk anthems to dancy electronic rock, Le Destroy hammers in her thoughts on consumerism, feminism, body autonomy, sexuality and technology’s overthrow, bound together in a futuristic sheen that even Stanley Kubrick could appreciate.
“I want to be disruptive and make people think and push boundaries,” says Le Destroy who was previously courted by Interscope and Warner Bros. and whose perspectives are highly informed by a post collegiate degree in earth science from the University of California San Diego. “I want people to question traditional norms of how they do things and provoke some thought that leads to action.”
Working with producer extraordinaire and former Nine Inch Nails collaborator Danny Lohner on the release, Le Destroy singlehandedly produces a soundscape that is both crunchy and ethereal, moving to the heartbeat of the club scene with cerebral ebb and flow. Armed with a vintage Roland rig, a Les Paul and self-taught on Pro Tools learned from her time composing soundtracks for Lakeshore Entertainment projects, Le Destroy manipulates her vision into an amalgamation of sonic fury, highly inspired by The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Prince, Madonna, Marilyn Manson and Garbage.
The second single, the slinky “Kiss Kiss Bang” is her overtly sexual exposé on how people seek pleasure through a power exchange, with women in the role of initiator. The track “Autonomy” is about freedom of expression and also standing up against oppressors. “It’s not just about fertility issues or women’s choice, but the freedom to literally decide what happens with your biology,” says Le Destroy, referencing historical figure Henrietta Lacks and relating it to modern DNA catch-alls like 23 and Me. The title track is perhaps her most polarizing, analyzing a throwaway society obsessed with instant gratification, from goods to media. “All of this adds to the development of our planet and the scary prospect for what the future holds if we don’t look at some solutions,” she says.