Essaie Pas

Best Songs of January 2016

GIF is from Christine Grosjean’s video for Paupière’s “Elle et Lui”.

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Video: Essaie Pas – Le port du masque est de rigueur

Essaie Pas are back, and in a big way. The Montreal minimal synth duo, composed of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau, have long been favourites of ours. Countless great jams over the years, and an amazing EP back in 2012. But big things have been brewing behind the scenes, and now we have the best possible news: their second album Demain Est Une Autre Nuit will be coming out February 19 on none other than DFA Records!

Lead single “Le port du masque est de rigueur”, possibly their best song yet, arrived today with a beautiful, shadowy video directed by Larissa Corriveau. Anchored by a blistering, endlessly fascinating sequenced bass synth, it’s a dark, foreboding, and minimal-to-the-bone electronic pop monster. Can’t wait to hear their LP, now our most anticipated album of the winter. Limited edition “orange sunrise” coloured LPs are available now for pre-order.

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Premiere: Johnny Couteau – Is My Baby Love Real or just a Hologram?


One can be forgiven for not being familiar with the work of Montreal’s Johnny Couteau. He’s still pretty much an underground phenomenon, despite releasing one of the finest albums of last year, the unforgettable From the Infamous Mind of a Psychoactive Runner. Set in the post-Fukushima dystopia of Tchernobeach, the album’s towering ambition brought an entire radiation-poisoned world to life, while remaining true to its electronic post-punk roots with simple-but-killer synths and melodies.

So, after a record like THAT, what does one do next? The answer: a Valentine like no other. We’re honoured to premiere the first-ever Johnny Couteau video, for a new single entitled “Is My Baby Love Real or just a Hologram?”

The video reveals M. Couteau to be a dark, menacing figure clad in black, white and red, wearing heartbreak-line sunglasses, and living in a windowless basement located at the edge of the world. A perfect visual persona, over-the-top and suitably appropriate for the conceptual nature of the project. It was directed by Kaspar’89 who also made the remarkable video for “Icicle” by Low Factor (who makes a brief cameo here). The song itself is a post-punk epic featuring skronking sax and phased bass, one that rises to a chaotic frenzy only to switches gears into a deadpan spoken chorus. Co-produced and mixed by Pierre Guerineau of Essaie Pas fame!

Apparently we can expect two EPs from Couteau this spring and they’ll probably be incredible given his track record so far. Can’t wait.

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