By Alex Stanley ’12
M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
8 out of 10
M83’s new album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” could not have a more fitting title.
The man under the mask of M83, Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez, captures the essence of dreamy music in this new age of electronic pop.
The first song, “Intro,” sets up the album perfectly. With synthesized background music and wistful lyrics it makes one feel like they are drifting through the stars.
In fact, the entire two-disc set is filled with larger-than-life sounding songs, which appear more fit to be played in large stadiums rather than earphones.
A few tracks even sound like they would fit well in an epic movie, such as “Tarzan” or “Avatar.”
The only downside to this album is that the first single released, “Midnight City,” overshadows all of the other songs, so someone who has listened to “Midnight City” beforehand may be a bit disappointed.
Songs like “Steve McQueen” or “New Map” are tremendously catchy, but they do not compare to the pure excellence of “Midnight City.”
The one-of-a-kind electronic beat in this track is unmistakable, and Anthony Gonzalez’s endless verses claw at the very essence of its namesake.
It has even garnered so much acclaim as to be featured on Victoria’s Secret commercials, which is no easy task for any traditional indie group.
Overall, though, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” is a quality release. “Midnight City” is quite clearly the best song, but others such as “Steve McQueen” or “OK Pal” are still worth a good listen.