Thursday, October 27, 2011

M83

Add Date: October 25 

Artist: M83 

Album: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. 

Label: Mute 

Genre: Dream pop, shoegaze

Comments: The double album is no easy task.  Recently, we've seen attempts from bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the concept itself originates from Benny Goodman's Live at Carnegie Hall. These double LPs are exceptionally difficult to produce, as artists must find a musical "thesis" that encompasses both albums. Generally, this task leaves the double album unfocused and grasping.

M83, however, not only evades this issue, but builds on his teen-angst mantra with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.  His record begins with "Intro", a beautiful opener that features Zola Jesus. I should note that Anthony Gonzalez, the sole member of M83, has meticulously worked on his voice since Saturdays=Youth, and it sure shows. "Midnight City", the first single, is up next; it's definitely one of the more upbeat and pop-centered songs on the record. With lyrics like "The city is my church," fans can easily tell that M83 has amplified his urban songcraft into the lyrics. In fact, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. generally seems like something that could be blasted through a dimly-lit city on a dismal, rainy night. 

Anyhow, this is simply another outstanding album from M83. You should give the whole thing a listen, since it's only a little over 70 minutes, which is relatively short for a double album. Spin "Intro" "Midnight City", "Klaus I Love You", "Claudia Lewis" or just about any other song from this brilliant double album.

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