M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Having been absolutely in love with M83 since I first heard their 5th album “Saturdays=Youth”, as I do with most bands that I get all giddy over when I hear something that embodies that classic 80’s new wave and synth pop styling with mind blowing melody, I began tracking down the whole back catalog of albums I had missed out on. Not all of them were an absolute gem as “Saturdays=Youth” but there was enough to get me hooked.
Now, back with a 6th full length, the new double disc album “Hurry Up,We’re Dreaming” from French musician Anthony Gonzalez is by far the best to date in the catalog. From start to finish the album has that pop sensibility you yearn for if you’re child of the 80s, and has enough hooks to keep even the most new-on-the-scene hipster coming back for more. The single ” Midnight City” is already appearing in HBO’s latest episode of “How To Make It In America”, and Urban Outfitters recently launched a whole listening party campaign to support the record.
“Midnight City”, track two on disc one, starts off with a very likable, albeit repetitive, synth note played numerous times. But then the shoegaze effect comes in and theres very ambient lyrics followed by the same catchy synth note. The song builds into a tune that is yet beautiful and danceable all at the same time. Ending with a classic late 80’s sax part to drive it home.
My overall favorite track on this album has to be track three titled “Reunion”, found on disc one. From the start of this song I immediately got the sense that the late John Hughes would’ve used this in a Molly Ringwald movie. It’s got a very montage feel to it where you know by the time the song is over the boy had a revelation and did all the right things to win the girl.
Overall, this album has a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether you’re new to Shoegaze/Electronic music or just looking for something new to listen to, I think this is an album that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again and making its way on a lot of peoples best of 2011 reviews.