Essaie Pas exude a black-clad je ne sais quoi. From the chilled indifference of their pulsing electronica to the ardent spoken-word delivery, ‘Demain Est Une Autre Nuit’ is an artistic exercise in detachment. Underpinned by clean motorik beats, understated techno, and effortless Italo, they fall somewhere between chic gallery background and red-light club basement, and the sultry ‘Depassee Par Le’ is the embodiment of both, shifting with the same sensual charge as Glass Candy’s ‘Digital Versicolour’, all cherry lips and femme fatales snaking in the shadows.
But where ‘Retox’ blares into life with air raid siren, bleeping melodies, and Pierre Guerineau and Marie Davidson’s withdrawn vocals embellishing the apathy, the relentless tom-tom rhythm pushes ‘Facing the Music’ towards Factory Floor-esque heft. It’s a force that follows through brilliantly on the satisfying door-slamming thump of ‘Lights Out’ – the kind of twisted, techno that comes to life on dark nights in dark studios. And on an even, if uneventful album, it proves to be the difference between mediocre and monochromatic.
Support Loud And Quiet from £3 per month and we'll post you our next 9 magazines
As all of us are constantly reminded, it’s getting harder for independent publishers to stay in business, which applies to Loud And Quiet more now than ever, 14 years after we first started printing a magazine that we’ve always given away for free.
Having thought about the best way to support our running costs (the printing and distribution fees, the podcast and production costs etc.) we’d like to ask our readers who really enjoy what we do to subscribe to our next 9 issues over the next 12 months. The cheapest we can afford to do this for works out at £3 per month for UK subscribers, charged yearly.
If that seems like a bit of a punt, you can pay-as-you-go for £4 per month and cancel any time you like. European and world plans are available too, at the lowest rate we can afford.
It’s not just a donation – you’ll receive a physical copy of our magazine through your door and some extra perks detailed on our subscribe page. Digital subscriptions are available worldwide for £15 per year. We hope you consider this a good deal and the best way to keep Loud And Quiet in your life without its content, independence or existence suffering.