This week we’re shining The Spotlight on albums coming out this fall that we’re excited about.
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Over the past decade, French synth-rock group M83 has produced some of the most interesting music in the genre. They gained significant international recognition for their beautiful shoegaze-meets-synthpop opus 2003 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts and have followed with a string of albums that each pursue a different style of their sound – while each of their songs sounds distinctly “M83” in
Saturdays = Youth, the preceding album to Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, was released in 2008. At this point, the group now centered around Anthony Gonazolez, one of the remaining two founding members. Saturdays = Youth was a glorious resuscitation of various styles of 80’s pop, featuring songs that managed to sound both classic and new at the same time. As it’s title implies, the album was a nostalgic trip through a fictional, yet universally relatable, set of musical memories.
Judging by the sound of “Midnight City” Gonzalez looks to be continuing his experiments with 80’s ambiance. A propulsive synth riff moves the track along at a nice clip until it explodes into an over-the-top sax solo.