Made up of four old friends and long-time musical collaborators, Marie Davidson, Pierre Guerineau, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Asaël R. Robitaille share many things in common (with the former two also being married to one another, and writing & performing together as the group Essaie Pas.) Each of them has made waves in electronic and experimental corners of the music industry; often working together, for labels like DFA, Cititrax, Holodeck, Orange Milk and MIND Records. But they’re also devotees of classic pop songwriting, and they created Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu to celebrate and reimagine those shared musical touchstones.
Longtime collaborators Marie Davidson, Jesse-Osborne Lanthier, Pierre Guerineau, and Asaël R. Robitaille have respectively explored a broad spectrum of electronic music, producing albums for record labels such as DFA, Cititrax, Holodeck, Éditions Appærent, Halcyon Veil, Orange Milk, MIND Records, and raster-noton. Now united by their love of pop music writing, Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu celebrate and reinvent the codes of the genre.
The end of an intense world tour that followed the success of Working Class Woman (Ninja Tune / Bonsound, 2018) marks a new beginning for Marie Davidson. Inspired by her disenchantment with club culture, solitude, and existential doubt while on the road, Marie's lyrics, more personal and striking than ever, serve as the foundation for what will eventually become the album Renegade Breakdown. Built upon her a capella demos, the compositions, and arrangements developed by L’Œil Nu highlight her talents as a performer, singer, and frontwoman.
Producers with eclectic taste, at ease with avant-garde electronic experiments, as with traditional rock arrangements (guitars, bass, drums), or orchestral instrumentations, the music of L'Œil Nu is free and imaginative, whose form adapts to deliver the emotion expressed by the poet's words.
Their new single Persona (2021), once again released on Ninja Tune and Bonsound, bears testament to this, declining the theme in 3 distinct pieces, going from the walls of saturated guitars to the lighter and synthetic tones of the BB version, via the overlapping loops of the interlude.
With the release of ‘Renegade Breakdown’ by Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, we see something completely different than Davison’s previous works, and the captivating eclecticism of such makes this record truly stand out; a mesmerising, hypnotizing experience teeming with personality and an electrifying new sound. 8.5/10The Playground Magazine
une œuvre aux propos hyper pertinents et même avec des beats plus accessibles que par le passé (bien que toujours en phase avec la discographie de la dame). À (re) découvrir ! ⭐⭐⭐⭐André Péloquin, Le Journal de Montréal
Davidson, dont la réputation sur les planchers de danse n’est plus à faire, fait équipe avec Pierre Guérineau et Asaël R. Robitaille pour offrir ce kaléidoscope touchant à la chanson yé-yé, au jazz, au new wave et aux musiques électroniques, en anglais et en français. L’exploit tient autant à la cohérence de ce disque aux textes magnifiques qu’à l’étendue du registre de ces musiciens.Sylvain Cormier, Philippe Papineau, Philippe Renaud, Le Devoir
Another batch of acid-tongued punchlines and slim middle fingers, the defiant Renegade Breakdown finally makes good on Davidson’s threats to bail on techno once and for all.J. Edward Keyes, Bandcamp
Le trio qu’elle forme avec Pierre Guerineau et Asaël R. Robitaille propose un album éclectique, difficilement classable dans un unique style.Amélie Revert, Journal Metro
Far more than your average livestream show, ‘Renegade Breakdown Live’ is an ultra-stylised, noirish performance film. ⭐⭐⭐⭐Ben Jolley, NME