Montreal husband and wife duo, Essaie Pas, found inspiration for their latest album in an odd place, an old Philip K. Dick novel. 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.
The record begins with the ominous pulse and creepy synth squiggles of "Les Aphides," and it's a dark ride from there on in.
After his fourth wife left him, in 1970, Philip K. Dick spent several years in his California home living semi-communally with a rotating cast of mostly teenage drug users and ingesting heavy amounts of amphetamines. These experiences inspired the sci-fi author's 1977 opus A Scanner Darkly, which envisioned a not-so-distant, dystopian Orange County, featuring a corporate-run rehab center called New-Path.
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