Monday 17 October 2011

M83 - Midnight City

French musician-producer Anthony "M83" Gonzalez releases new album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' this week and at 22 tracks long it's an epic.  M83 are well known for combining acoustic and electronic instruments, for a dream-pop chillwave feel and this album continues the trend.  The tracks are varied: from electronica, to more indie sounding tracks and ambience, but throughout there's one foot in the present and another squarely in the eighties.

Midnight City is without doubt the standout pop-electronica record of the album, actually released back in July.  Scratch that: it's the standout pop record of the year.  It's catchy from the outset with that synth hook, even if it does sound like a monkey crying.  The dreamy vocals, the layered synths, thumping drums all topped off by a sax solo.  What more could you want?  Midnight City sets a high standard the rest of the album strives to match.  Just don't ask about that cover art...