“Naive to the Bone”
On her latest single, “Naive to the Bone,” the Montreal producer and poet Marie Davidson stares you in the eye. From its tongue-in-cheek title to Davidson’s first searingly delivered line—“It seems like honesty is not so fashionable these days”—this deft, minimal club track plays like a stark unravelling of vulnerability. Davidson’s sharp, cavernous production pushes it further, a considerable step forward from the droning noise and bewitched sensibility of her previous works. These austere synth oscillations vibrate the core. Hollowed space invites you in.
Davidson’s unshakeable spoken-word touches on her own inquisitiveness and visibility. “Do you think I’m too soft?” she beckons, sounding anything but. “Is it that you feel superior behind a costume of indifference?” As one half of the minimal wave duo Essaie Pas, Davidson may seem of another time, but here she makes her presence and conviction clear: “It’s 2016, get real.”