M83, “Midnight City”

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M83 is set to release it’s new album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming and judging by the epic lead single, “Midnight City,” it looks as though they are set to pick up where they left off with 2008’s Saturdays = Youth.

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.

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