Three years after 2008’s highly acclaimed ‘Saturdays = Youth’, French band M83 is back with its unique blend of hazy electronic dreampop. Their ambitious 22 track double album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ has slowly but surely become one of this autumn’s most anticipated releases – the cover artwork alone, which artfully captures the nostalgic dreamy atmosphere underpinning M83’s sound, was widely echoed in the blogosphere whilst the album teaser undoubtedly added to the hype already surrounding the release.
Anthony Gonzalez, the creative mind behind the project, thinks big with this self-proclaimed concept album: “It’s a retrospective of my life, from childhood to being a teenager and then an adult.“ Setting the bar quite high he cites The Beatles’ white album, Ummagumma by Pink Floyd or Smashing Pumpkin’s’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness as inspirational influences – concept albums which had heavily impressed the young Gonzalez. M83, this time produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson (NIN, Beck, The Mars Volta) clearly do not reinvent themselves but rather take their typical sound one step further, going for a more symphonic and epic sound. ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’, in part due to its sheer length, acts as a vast playing field for the band, allowing it to experiment and let their creativity run wild. And, although this gives the album an added layer of cosmic complexity, it does at times go on unnecessarily, and runs the risk of loosing your attention. That being said, the double album offers a truly multifaceted listening experience skillfully uniting the coldness of 80s inspired synthesisers with romantic pathos. “It’s a journey, not unlike a rollercoaster ride“, Gonzalez explains. And ‘Midnight City’, the LPs’ first single, is the perfect incarnation of the dreamlike and at the same time dancy tunes that we grew to love Anthony Gonzalez for.
Watch the album teaser
Watch new single Midnight CityHurry Up, We’re Dreaming is out on Naïve on October 17th Available from iTunes here