By Devin Duckworth | October 24th, 2011
M83 produced another colossally epic album, folks. But really, what else could we expect from Anthony Gonzalez, synth-pop guru/brains behind M83? I’ll tell you what you can expect: an explosively imaginative 22-song double album that will blow your freakin’ mind.
Pulling inspiration from his adolescent years, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is an ode to Gonzalez’s childhood with a mixture of nostalgic memories and melancholy experiences. When asked about whether or not this album was his most “epic” yet, Gonzalez replied by saying:
“For me, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is this soundtrack to an imaginary world in this imaginary movie. This is exactly what we tried to do, to make something very eclectic with a lot of different kinds and styles of music.”
Like any M83 album, the first listen can be a little overwhelming with its digital flourishes and crashing instrumentals, but after a couple of listens, everything adds up into audible excellence.
The first single to be released, “Midnight City,” became an overnight success amongst music bloggers and M83 fans across the globe. Jam-packed with highly danceable beats and ethereal vocals, this was the perfect single to set the tone for what amazingness was to come. “Reunion” right from the start is a track full of spontaneous beats, positive dynamisms and pent-up energy that break out forcefully, immediately captivating your eardrums “OK Pal” is another highly danceable track with atmospheric backbeats, soft-spoken vocals, escalating melodies, and enough synth to send and your DeLorean on a four-minute journey back to the eighties.
Even at its oddest moments, this album delivers a wonderfully constructed, luscious sound that not only embodies the power of adolescence, but also recalls previous albums and past influences. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a music lovers’ dream in itself, taking you on a extravagant midnight voyage full of excitement, angst and splendor.
01. Intro (feat. Zola Jesus)
02. Midnight City
04. Where the Boats Go
06. Raconte-Moi Histoire
07. Train to Pluton
08. Claudia Lewis
09. This Bright Flash
10. When Will You Come Home?
11. Soon, My Friend
01. My Tears Are Becoming a Sea
02. New Map
03. OK Pal
04. Another Wave From You
06. Year One, One UFO
08. Steve McQueen
09. Echoes of Mine
10. Klaus I Love You