Album Review: M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

By on Tuesday, 18th October 2011 at 12:00 pm

Every now and then, an artist comes along that warrants every piece of their success and who consistently improves between albums. Anthony Gonzalez is one such artist and with albums such as ‘Saturday’s Youth’ (2nd in TGTF’s 2008 albums of the year) and a back catalogue of glorious dreampop under his belt, Gonzales decided that there was only one real way for the sixth M83 release to go. Double album time.

Right from the off, it’s something magic. “We didn’t need a story, we didn’t need a real world… We were you before you even existed” whispers the track before it erupts into a new electronic anthem in the form of ‘‘Midnight City’ (video below). What strikes me after these two tracks is how everything seems so blissful, yet maintains an air of something lost. Like how when you wake up from a dream and realise it wasn’t real. Everything on this album is so crafted and enchanting that you feel like you’re taken into a part of Gonzalez’ mind that only exists in an alternate universe. In reality of course, you could be in the office or on commute, in which case the from ‘Trains to Pluton’ through to ‘This Bright Flash’ you’ll be transported from your mundane task into an epic journey. Like a dream however, this will end after a few minutes, but that’s just disc one finishing, don’t panic. The conversational ‘When Will You Come Home?’ and the responding ‘Soon, my Friend’ close the opening half in a mellow manner and give slight respite to that sandwich you were eating with newfound zealousness.


As the second disc starts, it’s a slightly different feel. More melancholy, until ‘New Map’ that is. As if you’ve gone back to sleep and are discovering a whole new world of dreams. Everything now sounds familiar and welcoming all the way through. The interludes are breathing points to what at times can be a breathtaking record. After the radio-friendly yet still fitting ‘Steve McQueen’ comes the buildup and epic climax of ‘Echoes of Mine’ before you’re transported to the inevitable yet long put off end of the second disc. ‘Outro’ is one last enticing fling to your imagination before you’re rather abruptly awoken once more. Check the office; no one noticed your lapse. Go on Facebook and Twitter, tell everyone, listen to the new M83 album, it’ll drastically improve 72 minutes of your life every day. A disc for each leg of your commute? You might just forget the world.

Author’s disclaimer: any lapse in concentration to the road may lead to a collision, be safe.


M83’s new album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ is out now on Mute. Gig info for 2012 is here.

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