New Path
Essaie Pas - New Path
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #98 / 404
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2018 Ratings: #132
March 16, 2018 / Release Date
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DFA / Label
Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet
While at first glance ‘New Path’ could appear to be a collection of hard techno tracks, it’s as traumatic and corrosive as the material it draws from.
80
The Skinny

Playing with a mix of spoken word and sung lyrics in both English and French, powerful techno beats and fear-inducing soundscapes, New Path is a beautifully balanced and flowing record.

80
Exclaim!

Anyone who has read A Scanner Darkly, published in 1977, will remember the paranoid, drug-addled lens through which its characters are shown — that same unsettling feeling is strewn throughout Essaie Pas' latest effort.

80
Resident Advisor
It's one of Essaie Pas' finest efforts yet.
80
musicOMH

The concept of New Path works well, as its icy techno atmosphere is a perfect fit with the dystopia of Philip K Dick’s novel, and ultimately it proves itself to be Essaie Pas’ most purposeful and satisfying release yet.

77
Pitchfork
Beyond simply making surface references to scramble suits and fields of blue flowers, Essaie Pas connect to something deeper—real human emotion.
75
Northern Transmissions
Though more inherently a mix of electronic music and experimental writing than anything pop-driven, the record is full of lush sounds and a subtle narrative on the shifts in humanity.
75
The 405

New Path, in its own right and name, hints towards a reflection of new beginnings, exploring new sounds, perceptions, reality, distortion, disruptive measures and dystopian futures.

70
AllMusic

New Path is perhaps the most challenging release yet from the already confrontational duo, and while it's not as accessible as Demain, it's still rewarding and often exciting.

Mar 16, 2018
JohnLouisHoward
85
okay, somebody watched too many episodes of Black Mirror.
Apr 15, 2018
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
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Added on: January 8, 2018