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New Path

Essaie Pas

New Path

Fifth album of experimental techno/electronica from the Montreal-based husband and wife duo Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau

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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    While at first glance ‘New Path’ could appear to be a collection of hard techno tracks, it’s as traumatic and corrosive as the material it draws from
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  2. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A pounding concept album loosely based on Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly and is well worth your time
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Anyone who has read A Scanner Darkly, published in 1977, will remember the paranoid, drug-addled lens through which its characters are shown — that same unsettling feeling is strewn throughout Essaie Pas' latest effort
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Techno dystopias with witty flashes of funk
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    New Path has an almost cinematic drama that makes its propulsive dancefloor rhythms thunderously exhilarating. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    As bleak as it seems, New Path's final moments are fleetingly hopeful, conveyed through faintly chirping birdsong. But once that warmth fades, the album's unsettling mood is what lingers. It's one of Essaie Pas' finest efforts yet
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  7. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Inspired by Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, the married Montreal duo explore themes of addiction, loss, and identity in cinematically tinged coldwave
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  8. 7.5 |   The 405

    This album, short in track numbers but long in duration, fluctuates intensities, whirlpooling on its own without losing its path, logic and coherence
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  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    New Path is perhaps the most challenging release yet from the already confrontational duo, and while it's not as accessible as Demain, it's still rewarding and often exciting
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