Single Review: M83 / We Own The Sky

By on Sunday, 16th November 2008 at 5:44 pm

I think you may have worked out by my live review the other week of M83 at London’s Scala, that I love the elfin Frenchman and his unique brand of shoegaze. Things just seem to be getting better and better for Anthony Gonzalez this year, having released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year (the amazing Saturdays=Youth, which you should buy if you haven’t already got a copy) and slowly making his way into the public consciousness.

To celebrate the amazing year, M83 are releasing new single “We Own The Sky” on Monday 1st December, along with Maps’ remix of the title track, previously available on a swap-mix 7″ on Sonic Cathedral and described by the NME as “a space-disco rager” plus brand new song Je Vous Hais Petites Filles and ParkerLab’s Dusted remix of Graveyard Girl. Whilst Je Vous Hais Petites Filles is distinctly B-side material, Maps’ remix is worth the single alone – amaaaaaazing to say the least.

There isn’t an official video to go with the release, however there is a competition on youtube for people to enter videos – full details are here.

Anthony and his band of merry-makers are off on tour in December supporting the amazing Kings of Leon on their UK jaunt – Jared Followill recently said of M83, “You have to dive into “Saturdays = Youth”… They switch off between a guy and a girl on vocals, and they have such amazing sounds. They’re very experimental. This band sounds like they invented the sounds… When I first heard some of their lyrics, I got chill bumps.” (New York Times)

M83’s We Own The Sky is out on Monday 1st December on Mute records.

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