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Marie Davidson 'The Psychologist’

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

- Carl Jung

'The Psychologist’ - released today - is the final single from Marie Davidson’s forthcoming album “Working Class Woman”, out 5th October on Ninja Tune. Carried by a moody electro swagger, the track highlights the playfulness evident throughout the record.

“Working Class Woman” is an album that delves deep into her thoughts and state of mind, employing a bleak humour, directed both at aspects of club culture as well as more oblique critiques of the modern world. Davidson sees the album as an honest document of her state of mind. As she puts it, “It’s an egotistical album – and I’m okay with that.” It is also, in part, a reflection of the past year, where she spent part of her time living in Berlin and a lot of time on tour – an experience which can be enriching, but emotionally and physically draining, while having to project the persona which is expected of you. A self-confessed ‘workaholic’, touring has taken up the best part of her last year, both under her own name, and as Essaie Pas, her stops have included Sonar Festival - where she performed her "Bullshit Threshold” show, combining performance, spoken text, video projections and analogue hardware - Primavera, Dekmantel and MUTEK in recent times.

Part of her response to these difficult scenarios is to turn to writers whose work offers guidance or inspiration. Recently, this has meant the likes of psychologist’s like Carl Jung and Alice Miller, physician Gabor Maté and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (in particular, his book Psychomagic).

Davidson has always reached outward for the diverse influences that have informed her music, touching on big concepts and musical touchstones alike. But it’s with this release that she’s applied the same degree of focus to herself. The album is the product of a personal process: she looks inward to project a more expansive vision to the world.

Marie Davidson plays live at London’s Electrowerkz on Thursday 4th October, and across the EU and US this autumn - for full dates see below.

Select praise for “Working Class Woman”:

“Marie Davidson’s voice is one of the biggest pleasures in contemporary electronic music.” - The Guardian

“Uncompromising, unapologetically self-referential and incredibly sharp” - DJ Mag (9/10 - Lead Review)

"So Right” is among her most searingly funny songs to date… it perfectly conjures up the claustrophobic clubs Davidson finds so ripe for a send-up.” - Pitchfork

Marie Davidson Live - 2018:

04 Oct 18    Electrowerkz            London, UK

05 Oct 18    RBMF @ Prince Charles         Berlin, DE

12 Oct 18     Nitsa                Barcelona, ES

13 Oct 18    Unsound Festival        Krakow, PL        

19 Oct 18    Trix                 Antwerp, BE        

20 Oct 18    Le Brass                Brussels, BE        

25 Oct 18    Insomnia Festival        Tromso, NO        

27 Oct 18    De School             Amsterdam, NL         

31 Oct 18    Le Petit Bain            Paris, FR         

01 Nov 18    SOY Festival            Nantes, FR        

02 Nov 18    Ekko Festival            Bergen, NO         

09 Nov 18    Lux Frágil            Lisbon, PT         

10 Nov 18    Warehouse Project        Manchester, UK     

16 Nov 18    Colston Hall            Bristol, UK         

23 Nov 18    XOYO                London, UK        

06 Dec 18    Elsewhere            Brooklyn, NY

15 Dec 18    Echoplex            Los Angeles,CA

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