Friday, 14 October 2011

Album of the Week: M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

Yeah I'm doing this now, instead of bringing back the Mini Review series. Now I will be updating at least twice per week: every Friday for my Album of the Week; and starting next week every Tuesday for my Single of the Week. Helps me out a bit.

And what better album to begin the series with than the new M83 double concept LP, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming? Sole member Anthony Gonzalez follows the hugely successful Saturdays=Youth with an album even more ambitious, anthemic and enchanting, which despite it's length never feels tired or out of ideas (honestly it could probably all fit onto a single CD). The breathtaking, Zola Jesus-assissted "Intro" is just the beginning. Many tracks encapsulate a childlike wonder, with electronic harkenings as sporadic as Brian Eno's ambience, Animal Collective's reverb-laden fervour, and the Books' universal musings. Many tracks, such as the first single "Midnight City", herald an 80's synth radio sound, yet Gonzalez's approach feels entirely contemporary, with an ever-greater expanded lineup of instrumentation than ever: strings, the leftfield sax solo which closes aforementioned "Midnight City", the list goes on. Even coming from M83, this album feels special. Highly recommended.

Hurry Up, We're Dreanming is released on 18th October via Mute. Below, stream "Midnight City".

"Midnight City"

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