The Montreal based artist Pascale Mercier has been performing ecstatic dance music as Pascale Project since 2015, and her new album Be Urself will be her debut with Orange Milk and her first vinyl release. The music is inspired by classic house artists like Frankie Knuckles and Kerri Chandler but features Pascale’s low, full-bodied vocals repeating mantra-like lyrics on the impact of music and dance. On the track “Let Us Go” she sings the line “let yourself go, let us feel good” which is such a simple sentiment that illustrates Pascale’s philosophy about the transformative power of music; that losing yourself in the club or in a pair of headphones can help shed the excesses of your identity to reveal something like your essential being. Be Urself especially focuses on the communal aspect of those experiences and the way music can function as a shared language that often crosses cultural divides.
released July 26, 2019
All music written and produced by Pascale Mercier in Montreal 2018
Recorded and mixed by Francis Latreille
Mastered by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier
Visual art by Keith Rankin
When ambient has meaning and depth. To me, a clear nod at Blade Runner as my friend siobbaas has once told me. Will be one of the soundtracks of my confinement in these days of pandemic. Gets me out of here waiting on a platform for a Shinkansen bullet train in Japan. Olivier Tison