Essaie Pas "New Path (DFA)"
Though he read it 15 years ago, Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly effected Essaie Pas’ Pierre Guerineau greatly. So greatly, in fact, that their latest LP New Path (DFA) is based on that groundbreaking piece of sci-fi mindbending. Atmospheric, cold, a bit paranoid, and something of a puzzle unto itself, New Path is certainly just that for the husband and wife duo, yet it isn’t without a nod to their past work. I know I probably use the term “Carpenter-esque” too much in these blurbs, but it’s such an apt shorthand for the kind of electronic music Essaie Pas are making right now. Chilly synths, dry drum machine beats, occasional otherworldly vocals, this record creates an atmosphere all of it’s own. Escape from whatever city you are reading this in and check out the danceable sophistication of “Futur Parlé.”