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MARIE DAVIDSON

Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu

Renegade Breakdown

    Marie Davidson is back with a new album “Renegade Breakdown” on Ninja Tune. A new band, and a bold new sound under the banner of Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu, it is a trio formed of old-time friends with shared roots in Montreal’s DIY scene: Marie, Pierre Guerineau (also in Essaie pas on DFA) and Asaël R. Robitaille. The record follows previous album “Working Class Woman” (2018) and is drawn to the idea of the eternal return, they deliver a forward-facing, innovative pop record that builds on the classic tenets of Marie’s music to create something that strikes out towards a broader audience. With dark humour and interpolated musical influences from Fleetwood Mac to Kraftwerk, Billie Holiday and Chet Baker. 

    If there’s a mood that encapsulates “Renegade Breakdown”, it’s the one found at 3AM after a long night, when it’s time to start putting on the classics.

    TRACK LISTING

    Renegade Breakdown
    Back To Rock
    Worst Comes To Worst
    Center Of The World (Kotti Blues)
    La Ronde
    C’est Parce Que J’m’en Fous
    Just In My Head
    Lead Sister
    My Love
    Sentiment

    Marie Davidson

    Working Class Woman

    Marie Davidson’s new album turns the mirror on herself. "Working Class Woman” is the Montreal-based producer’s fourth and most self-reflective record: it’s a document of her state of mind, of operating within the spheres of dance music and club culture. Drawing on those experiences, as well as an array of writers, thinkers and filmmakers who’ve influenced her, Davidson’s response to such difficult moments is to explore her own reaction to them and poke fun. 

    The sound of "Working Class Woman” is more direct than any of her previous outings. She still mines the same influences, from Italo disco, to proto-techno and industrial, but leadens them with a gut-punching weight, making for a record that’s more visceral than any she’s released before. Industrial heaviness is balanced by Davidson’s spoken text - rather than spoken word, which she sees as a distinct tradition - dark, textured soundscapes are counterweighted by statements that carry a more darkly humourous edge than before, making observations on both aspects of club culture as well as more oblique critiques of the modern world. It’s something that’s encapsulated in the driving momentum of lead single "So Right", which matches pared back lyrics with a melodic bassline and bright synths, her words sketching out a euphoric feeling that chimes with the music.

    Building on the dancefloor-minded trajectory charted by her previous record "Adieux Au Dancefloor” (Cititrax / Minimal Wave), which drew praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader and Resident Advisor, and opened up her sound to a new, wider audience, earning support from peers such as Nina Kraviz and Jessy Lanza. 


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Your Biggest Fan
    2. Work It
    3. The Psychologist
    4. Lara
    5. Day Dreaming
    6. The Tunnel
    7. Workaholic Paranoid Bitch
    8. So Right
    9. Burn Me
    10. La Chambre Intérieure


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