Boomkat Product Review:
Marie Davidson’s eponymous 1st release from back in 2012, a collection of her earliest works, finally comes to vinyl 6 years after she self-released the digital files and HoloDeck did a cassette edition. Newly remastered by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Second Woman)
Arriving in the wake of her Essai Pas album New Path with artistic partner/husband Pierre Guerineau, a sci-fi ambient split with Invisible Church, and her acclaimed Adieux Au Dancefloor LP for Veronica Vasicka’s Cititrax, Marie Davidson collects and unfurls her earliest work.
Where her more recent records and live shows are defined by a lean muscularity and dance-pop drive, these six early iterations feel more feint, nervy and haunted, like the work of someone who has watched too many ‘80s horrors and needs to channel that energy someplace.
The A-side packs four relatively concise works taking in the swaying French-Canadian chanson and groggy, creeping electronics of ma vie sans to, beside the needling synth dissonance and skeletal drums of La Vallée d’Or, thelooming instrumental threat of L’unique, and the very Belgian-sounding coldwave melancholy of Esthétique privée, while the B-side reveals her sylvan silhouette from more oblique angles, distanced in the psychedelic moiré of Le lieu où vous voulez vous rendre, and barely-there, whispering among the windswept dimensions of À l’intérieur.
If they don’t know already; fans of John Maus, Laurie Anderson, Carol/Snowy Red, and Suicide need to jump on this one, pronto!