Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The soundtrack to the end of the world.

M83 - A Guitar and a Heart - M83 seemed to come out of nowhere last year with Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts, a mammoth album that took the beauty under fuzz aesthetic of a My Bloody Valentine, and fused it with a downright cinematic sense of scope. Dead Cities was a long slow boil of album hype, starting out only availiable as an import from the French label Gooom, before being picked up stateside by Mute. And now, M83, reduced from a duo to, once again, just Anthony Gonzalez, have prepared a follow up, entitled Before the Dawn Heals Us. The sounds are more natural this time, with an increased sense of live instrumentation as the layers strip away, and vocals are introduced, but what comes through the most in the album is an apocalyptic tension. "A Guitar and a Heart" provides the albums climax, picking up in many ways where Dead Cities left off, as elements heard throughout Before the Dawn are reintroduced and brought up to a fever pitch. The mushroom clouds can be seen off in the distance, and it's all we can do to save ourselves. There is fear here, and fury, but most notably, there is a sense of salvation in the distorted wails of guitars, the crunch of what might be boots marching or thousands cheering, and when the noise fades, it goes straight into pastoral bliss.

M83 - Safe - There is however, another sort of climax on Before the Dawn, and it's one that has pretty much divided the folks I've spoken to about this album down the middle. Mainly because it's an enormous departure for M83. The song opens with a quiet, tragic piano line, and vocals by Gonzalez... and, well, aside from some ambient effect, not much gets added - in fact, it strips down to just spoken word in places, though there is some moog organ for drama. For an artist that has built a reputation on sweeping soundscapes and huge dynamics, this is a pretty big gamble, but in my estimation, one that pays off. By placing at the core of the epic scale of the album a song so quiet, so strikingly emotional, everything around it takes on an extra weight. It's a delicate thing to do, but M83 have pulled it off stunningly. The song ends in fireworks, and the sounds of children amazed. Count me among them. Before the Dawn will hit streets on January 25th.

[Buy Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts from Amazon.com!]

17 Comments:

At 11/10/2004 03:08:00 PM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

way to score the new m83. i truly envy all you guys who manage to get your hands on upcoming releases so far in advance. i always feel like i'm a little behind the curve, but folks like keith here are kind enough to clue us in to what's going to be all the rage a few months from now. thanks, yo...

 
At 11/10/2004 06:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New M83?! This is scoop of the year, and I doff my hat to y'all.

J.

 
At 11/11/2004 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blasphemy, I know, but I was underwhelmed with Dead Cities. Liked it, didn't love it. These tracks on the other hand blow me away. Hints of krautrock, old Pink Floyd. Casting a wider net on influences and emotional scope these two tracks replace the driving tension of Dead Cities with more release and pathos. Can't wait to hear the rest.

 
At 11/11/2004 08:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are complaining about "Safe"? Pshaw. Such a good sound, the ending with the fireworks reminds me of the awesome Dntel song named, coincidentally, "Fireworks" that ends with a cavalcade of them, too. I'm just getting further and further into "Dead Cities..." now and the news of another forthcoming album in January makes me all that much happier. Thanks for these!
-caley,not really anonymous, just having issues with blogger

 
At 11/12/2004 05:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yow. "Safe," man. I don't yet know how it sounds in the context of the rest of the album, but when it came up in my music shuffle just now (which is full of mostly noisy, bombastic, bounce-off-the-walls stuff) I was physically overcome with the bestest chillout vibe. An excellent end-of-the-hectic-workweek track. Thanks much!

--yer pal MoeRex

 
At 11/12/2004 09:25:00 PM, Blogger Roger said...

I saw M83 a few weeks ago at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood and I just wasn't that impressed. I had never heard them before, so maybe I should give them another chance. I had heard My Bloody Valentine as a reference point so often and it just didn't live up to that for me. Has anyone heard the new album by Autolux? That album is everything I was hoping to hear in M83 when I first read reviews about them.

 
At 11/12/2004 10:16:00 PM, Blogger groovehouse said...

I'm down with the M83. Thanks CP!

 
At 11/13/2004 10:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know the tracklist for the new album?

 
At 11/14/2004 12:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Non Y Mouse:

I like the mp3s. ;) A Guitar and a Heart was nice, how are these guys live?

 
At 11/15/2004 04:14:00 PM, Blogger Alan Williamson said...

hey - thanks for the preview of M83's new disc. Enjoying the mp3s as i write, if anyone wants to check out their debut i just posted most of the album...

http://sixeyes.blogspot.com/2004/11/m83-new-tracks-old.html

*sixeyes

 
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