M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

January 01, 1970

(Mute)

 

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It’s hard to
know where to begin when trying to describe the 22-song cinematic electro-opus
that is French prodigy M83’s new double-disc set. It’s not so much an album as
it is a journey, though – an epic, orchestral, atmospheric, synthesized trip
through the reflection of the mind of Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s echoing
vocals (which pleasantly prevail much more here than in his five previous
albums), along with intermittent and whimsical spoken word selections, guide us
through a cerebral maze, enchanted by the unique and personal experience of
one’s dreams and the natural duality of siblings.

 

While some songs
simply seem like instrumental fillers (“Where The Boats Go,” “Train To
Pluton”), others ignite intense emotion in the listener with bombastic chord
progressions (“Reunion”) and majestic organ backing (“My Tears Are Becoming A
Sea”). With the help of producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars
Volta, Goldfrapp), Gonzalez paints broad strokes on this vast musical
landscape, and although a wee long, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming may be his
conceptual masterpiece.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Ok Pal,” “Midnight City”
PARRY ERNSBERGER

 

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