8 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Montreal duo hark back to the austere, abrasively avant-garde days of synthesized post-punk: Cabaret Voltaire, The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette,” and early Human League. Distortions in the title cut and oscillations in “Dépassée par le fantasme” are ominously disorienting, while songs like “Lights Out” echo mid-’80s Chicago acid house and Detroit techno under deadpan French chanting and chirping. Yet there’s a Twin Peaks-like beauty to “La chute,” and on “Facing the Music,” ghost-of-Joy Division goth tones meet an obsessive Eurodisco pulse.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Montreal duo hark back to the austere, abrasively avant-garde days of synthesized post-punk: Cabaret Voltaire, The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette,” and early Human League. Distortions in the title cut and oscillations in “Dépassée par le fantasme” are ominously disorienting, while songs like “Lights Out” echo mid-’80s Chicago acid house and Detroit techno under deadpan French chanting and chirping. Yet there’s a Twin Peaks-like beauty to “La chute,” and on “Facing the Music,” ghost-of-Joy Division goth tones meet an obsessive Eurodisco pulse.

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About Essaie Pas

Based in Montréal, Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau make up Essaie Pas, a Canadian duo whose sound combines dark, minimal synth pop, French pop, Italo-disco, and elements of horror movie soundtracks. Spoken and sung by both Davidson and Guerineau, their lyrics revolve around themes such as loneliness, sexuality, and fantasy, with late night being the ideal listening time. The duo formed in the summer of 2010 and released a four-song cassette EP on their own Téméraire Records in 2011. The EP contained a rough, guitar-driven sound. Their next release, a 2012 split cassette single with Hobo Cubes, consisted of atmospheric synth drones, and the duo's Tout Est Jeune cassette settled on their minimal synth pop sound. In 2013, Malditos Records and Teenage Menopause Records co-released Essaie Pas' first vinyl LP, Nuit de Noce, which contained songs from their cassettes plus a previously unreleased song. In 2014, the French label Atelier Ciseaux released a split 12" EP by Police des Moeurs and Essaie Pas, and Teenage Menopause Records issued the duo's Danse Sociale 7" a year later. By this time, Davidson had also released two solo albums (on Weyrd Son Records and HoloDeck) that mined similar territory. In February of 2016, DFA issued Essaie Pas' first widely available full-length, Demain Est une Autre Nuit. A remix EP followed, and the duo worked on their second album for DFA. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's dystopian sci-fi classic A Scanner Darkly, New Path was released in 2018. ~ Paul Simpson

ORIGIN
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
FORMED
2010

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