Electronic music is a force in constant mutation. It adjusts according to needs, urgencies and allows entities to express themselves through most forms and channels. Independently of your musical weapon of choice, in the end, it’s still an expression of your perception. Montreal-based duo Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau have their individual strengths and both are absolute electronic music powerhouses. Combined they are Essaie Pas and are set to bring us a New Path, their fifth new album and second release on James Murphy’s DFA Records.

As the future unfolds before our eyes, poor decisions are taken and forced upon us: artists, writers, musicians, activists gather and feed off this wave of insatisfaction in order to turn chaos into hope. New Path, in its own right and name, hints towards a reflection of new beginnings, exploring new sounds, perceptions, reality, distortion, disruptive measures and dystopian futures.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s “A Scanner Darkly”, a classic of dystopian science fiction, the duo picked up its intent and readjusted it to their crafts. Essaie Pas were once easier to place within a spectrum of genres but it’s remarkable when a project is able to detach itself from labels. By splitting time between Berlin and Montreal, Davidson and Guerineau are able to combine their knowledge and inspiration onto a record that is strong in moments of anxiety, obscurity, paranoia and dissociation with reality.

‘Les Aphide’ is a subtle opener but leads on to a grand entrance on the albums’ first single ‘Future Parlé. Marie Davidsons’ spoken word announces the previously mentioned upcoming dystopian reality on top of tense percussion and rather enhanced and dimensional synth paths.

‘Complet Brouillé’ may not have been an ideal for a second single, however, it does its job in sustaining continuity onto ‘Les agents des stups’, a fast-paced track, capable of alienation and trigger an imminent state of emergency.

This album, short in track numbers but long in duration, fluctuates intensities, whirlpooling on its own without losing its path, logic and coherence. ‘Substance M’ and ‘New Path’, together, display the final stretch and the aftermath of the journey. Through the latter, a voice narrates a story, resembling ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’s deviant computer system HAL. As the voice fades away, so does the music and we are ready to start again; onto a new path towards a brighter future, free of concern, prejudice, paranoia, addiction and social obsession, and foremost, allows us to reflect about our own humanity.