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Awash In Synth:
M83′s 80′s Dreampop

M83 Hurry Up We're Dreaming M83 Saturday = Youth

“Midnight City” | M83 | Hurry Up We’re Dreaming | 2011

Whether or not you are of that generation that grew up with the cheesy synth and ray-gun drums of 80′s pop, it’s an unshakable fact that those very sounds are the perfect dream-pop background for songs of youthful longing. Making out in the back of cars, waiting for dark to descend, with it’s promise of shelter from the prying eyes of parents that be.

Hailing from France and making records since the mid-oughts, M83 has recently released Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, a double-LP awash in all possible 80′s production cliches, managing to make a perfect record for staring at the stars, pining for a lost love or hoping for your next romance to gel. This and their previous record, Saturday = Youth are rife with John Hughes romanticism (I’m 15 years old/ And I feel it’s already too late to live/ Don’t you?”). Both records owe much to O.M.D., Howard Jones and late-period Simple Minds. Indeed, the cover for S=Y features a phalanx of “stylish” pubescent youth seemingly intent on convening a French session of The Breakfast Club. And yet, the songs’ retro-contemporary stylings make them prime candidates for a place on a Sofia Coppola soundtrack.

Upon first listen you can’t but cringe at all the sonic cliche’s thrown at you. But leave’em on repeat for a day and you’ll come to realize how deftly crafted these records are, succeeding in turning cliches into fresh sounds that lift the spirit above the irony of middle age hispter posing. No matter what age you may be, the band’s dreamy epics are vividly alive with all things young, the perfect records on which to hang all your hopes and dreams.

“Kim & Jessie” | M83 | Saturday = Youth | 2008

  1. Tuesday 11.29.2011 | 9:24 EDT

    Rockpants says:

    LOVE this. It’s so nice to have an excuse to listen to this :)

  2. Tuesday 11.15.2011 | 3:14 EDT

    krebby says:

    Kim & Jessie, right on! “Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?”

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