Marie Davidson’s relationship with electronic music has always been coloured by ambivalence: two years ago, the Montreal musician and DJ threatened to go back to rock; six years have gone by since she waved goodbye to the dancefloor. Renowned for her idiosyncratic vocal delivery (half-spoken, half-sung) and sharp-tongued satire (in both English and French), she first signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records with husband Pierre Guerineau as Essaie Pas. She’s gone on to release a defining pair of solo albums on Cititrax and Ninja Tune, blending her love of brooding 80s synths and catchy melody with hard-hitting club productions, personal confessions and feminist critique. After bringing the band back together in 2020 as for an expansive, oddball pop record as Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, she’s preparing to release new album (inspired by comedy and literature), which she’ll bring to the stage at Sónar Lisboa 2024.
Marie Davidson live
Electronic music’s most idiosyncratic voice returns