As a solo artist and as one half of Essaie Pas, Montreal-based musician Marie Davidson creates cold, hypnotic minimal wave with analog synthesizers and drum machines, showcasing her intimate yet detached lyrics that are more often spoken than sung. Making her solo debut with a hazy, lo-fi self-titled EP in 2012, her music became significantly more danceable on 2016's Adieux au Dancefloor, while still maintaining a dark, suspenseful atmosphere. Following two well-received Essaie Pas albums for DFA, Davidson's highly introspective solo album Working Class Woman was released by Ninja Tune in 2018. The record became a club success, but she abandoned dance music with 2020's Renegade Breakdown, the first release with her band L'Œil Nu.
Davidson made her solo debut in 2012 with a self-titled digital EP. Austin-based label HoloDeck, home to Troller and S U R V I V E, issued it on cassette in 2013. Weyrd Son Records released Davidson's debut solo album, Perte d'Identité, in 2014. She returned to HoloDeck for her second album, 2015's Un Autre Voyage. In 2016, Essaie Pas' full-length Demain Est une Autre Nuit was released by DFA, and Cititrax issued Davidson's solo effort Adieux au Dancefloor. Collaborations with Solitary Dancer, Not Waving, and Invisible Church all appeared in 2017.
Following DFA's release of Essaie Pas' New Path in 2018, Davidson signed to Ninja Tune and released the full-length Working Class Woman. The single "Work It" became a major club hit, particularly when Soulwax's remix was released in 2019 (eventually garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording), as part of the Chasing the Light EP. However, Davidson announced her retirement from club music. She formed L'Œil Nu, a trio with Guerineau and Asaël R. Robitaille, and the group made their debut in 2020 with Renegade Breakdown, an eclectic mixture of disco, folk, rock, and jazz influences. ~ Paul Simpson