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What's it all about? Anyone heard it?

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Monday, 12 May 2003 17:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

this and that Ulrich Schnauss album are like being sprayed with giant windex bottles of hypercolor twinkle dust. like the turquoise hexagon sun is engulfing you. pleasant as it is, it's almost too much, too saturated, a day dream binge.

Honda (Honda), Monday, 12 May 2003 17:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

judging from that review, it's a lot like records from other people that pitchfork likes: journeys, cathedrals, pastoralism, earthquakes, oceans, worlds, epic epic epic etc. no slight on these french guys, there's usually a pretty track or two on these gushing idyllitronica things, i'll try and listen, but i'm suspicious from the get go.

this is a bit, how you say, 'dodge': "the sounds that have constituted some of the most vapid, hedonistic, and forgettable music of our time have come back to make us cry.". of course them coming back to make us HAPPY again and remind us why we danced to them in our discos/clubs/spiderman costumes in the mid 80s (for that seems to be the brand of 'disposability' matt lemay's referencing) would somehow be not what we were looking for at all.

yes blah blah boring pitchfork complaint move on nothing to see here

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Monday, 12 May 2003 17:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

in all fairness i guess the imagined 'happy' bizarro-version of this kind of record would be 'since i left you' and if i remember correctly matt gave that one a near '10' too.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Monday, 12 May 2003 17:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That's amazing. My response to that review was similar to yours, mitch. I mean, there's no way I'm going to cry listening to M83, let alone "inhabit" it. I'm not insensitive, either.

scott m (mcd), Monday, 12 May 2003 17:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

actually, 'since i left you' makes me cry (well, almost) so make of that what you will.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Monday, 12 May 2003 17:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Just felt like hyperbole to me, is all. Like I was being willed to like this record more than I ever would or willed to allow it to profoundly affect me. Is the point I was trying to make.

scott m (mcd), Monday, 12 May 2003 18:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've got about half of it, and my first impression is: this is great! Please take into consideration that my reaction to the 30 odd other 2003 albums I've heard has been pretty much 'bleh' (with a few exceptions).

Tim Stewart, Wednesday, 14 May 2003 14:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can't remember the last time Pitchfork alerted me to a record I hadn't previously heard about somewhere else, and it actually turned out to be good. This one is beautiful.

Paul Cox (paul cox), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 22:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This record is awesome! Like a noiser Boards of Canada with less emotional restraint.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 15 May 2003 00:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"...this and that Ulrich Schnauss album are like being sprayed with giant windex bottles of hypercolor twinkle dust. like the turquoise hexagon sun is engulfing you. pleasant as it is, it's almost too much, too saturated, a day dream binge..."
Wow, Honda...can I get a tab or two of whatever it you are indulging in right now?

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Thursday, 15 May 2003 01:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It sounds like electronic shoegazer to me. Which is a good thing.

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Friday, 16 May 2003 17:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Here's the video for the key track "Run Into Flowers".

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 16 May 2003 17:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
yeah this is really good.

cozen¡ (Cozen), Monday, 29 December 2003 18:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I find it a bit sickly after a while, almost as if I like the intent more than the results.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Monday, 29 December 2003 18:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh i like the sickliness.

cozen¡ (Cozen), Monday, 29 December 2003 18:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Depends how much THC's in the bloodstream.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Monday, 29 December 2003 18:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'm already crying and i haven't even started downloading it yet

andrew s, Monday, 29 December 2003 19:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's so simple, such a simple concept, Im surprised this wasn't done before. And now that I think about it, I think it was. It sort of reminds me of... I don't know. I've heard techno that sounded like this before.

Nevertheless, I like it.

David Allen (David Allen), Monday, 29 December 2003 19:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is going in a book, I think.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Monday, 29 December 2003 19:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I still haven't bothered with the album yet. I'm not sure I'll like it, based on Run Into Flowers, which is the only thing I've heard from it. I mean, I like it - i really like the remix - but it seemed too obvious emotionally and musically. The dynamics, I mean. The quiet=>loud thing isn't novel enough to send me rushing to the record store

Sonny A. (Keiko), Monday, 29 December 2003 19:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Any idea if it's coming out in North America?

Jonathan (Jonathan), Monday, 29 December 2003 19:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think it might be out already. Or at least I saw it at the record store the other day at a normal (i.e., non-import) price.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 29 December 2003 20:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's still import-only (Amazon sells it for $30), but now that they're linked with EMI, a North American pressing shouldn't be too far off.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 29 December 2003 20:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i picked up the album along with the 0078h single from forcedexposure.com here in the states and it wasn't import priced or anything.

the cyann and ben version of "in church" is utterly lush with that acoustic guitar in there.

jason m (jason m), Monday, 29 December 2003 21:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

David Allen: It sort of reminds me of... I don't know. I've heard techno that sounded like this before.

Wild guess: Seefeel? (Note: I've hardly ever heard Seefeel.)

OleM (OleM), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 11:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

they were a bit rubbish live. sorry.

pete b. (pete b.), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 11:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was a bit underwhelmed until i got to the 2nd to last track ("gone") and my head split open unveiling a conduit directly to the center of the stereo. i ordered the 2xLP copy from FE for the double digit bonus track on side 4. yep i sure did.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 5 January 2004 06:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is going in a book, I think.

Is it a book about farming?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 5 January 2004 06:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I hope so.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Monday, 5 January 2004 09:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Anyone know if this album will ever be released in the US?

kickitcricket, Saturday, 3 April 2004 00:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/m83.html

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 3 April 2004 03:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
hmmm... this still sounds great.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the US version will have a bonus CD! I'm mad.

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

there's a new single out too.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it is very good, we are agreed.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's OK but doesn't leave much of a mark when it's over, which I suppose just makes it more accurate as far as drug albums go

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

don't go to a show. zzzzzzzzzzzz. i may have said this on another thread, but even my friend's 73 yr. old minister father pronounced their live show boring.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's a drug album? I always think of it as kind of a long train journey album.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what, I must ask, does your friend's 73 yr. old minister father find exciting?

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i've heard the live tracks and they sound way more ROCK... I was surprised.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i didn't ask (i agreed w/him), and i don't know him well so i'm afraid i can't answer that.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 22:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's a promo-only M83 remix of Goldfrapp's "Black Cherry" which is quite nice - if not quite as nice as the Lawrence remix of the same track.

locus solus, Thursday, 3 June 2004 01:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i like this album, but i agree with the sickly comment above. there's something curiously cheesy about it and not in the good way.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 3 June 2004 01:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"sickly" = the textures, the sounds they use themselves make me feel a bit...off.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 3 June 2004 01:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"run into flowers" and the jackson remix are clearly some sort of works of genius, tho.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 3 June 2004 01:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think the cheesy part is that it's an electronics album that tries to be a guitar album (yes, this is the whole point, but it's the un-authetic sounds which are the source of the cheese). Cranking it up and getting into the hugeness of it without trying to think about what instruments are being used really helps reduce the cheese factor.

In a similar way, the drum machines on S3's "Playing With Fire" bug me a lot, particularly on tracks like Suicide. So I try letting them recede into the listening background.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 3 June 2004 01:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i know exactly what jess is talking about i think it is an intentional effort on the band's part to produce those retro tones (cf: every trendy dance track of the last 3 years).

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 3 June 2004 02:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i liked this album the first time i heard it, but now i just feel the same sweetness-twinkle-overload as mentioned above. i found it used, so i'm not even thinking about buying the us release of it, as more extra tracks might make me ill.
i do like it - in small doses - but its just so dramatic that i can't handle it for too long.
also, i just went to the website (ilovem83.com)(weird) and i almost cried b/c i thought it was taking over my computer.

stolenbus (stolenbus), Thursday, 3 June 2004 02:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this was always my favorite french bonnie raitt in space track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsyGKD-G3I0

scott seward, Monday, 11 April 2016 12:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I will allow that "Bibi the Dog" is kind of terrible. The line is pretty thin with stuff like this.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah no this is great! Not sure about the ELO/Air comparison but more like Daft Punk if they had done the last one right ( yeah. I wasn't a fan) with extra cheese and neon.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 11 April 2016 17:39 (two years ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKmv0Z0WsAU-IZ0.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 April 2016 17:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I am 15 seconds into this and my initial reaction is that I do not listen to M83 for this

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 11 April 2016 17:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, file under the category of "You know that thing we do well that you like so much? Well, we're not going to do it, nyah!"

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 April 2016 17:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Change Is Good! Change Is Good!

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 11 April 2016 17:48 (two years ago) Permalink

not always

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 11 April 2016 17:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Maybe if you're David Bowie or Bob Dylan, and even they could suck for a decade straight.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 April 2016 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

xpost

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 April 2016 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

the first three songs sound to me like Cut Copy doing a good impersonation of the terrible Air songs

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 11 April 2016 17:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Nothing to dispel the impression that M83 is a total hack who's lucked out with a couple of pretty epics (Couleurs/that 'to die with the sun' one)?

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Monday, 11 April 2016 18:07 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm liking this a lot. After five years of struggling to feel anything about Hurry Up We're Dreaming, it's nice to have an M83 album I can enjoy on my own terms.

Ys Man a.k.a. Have One on G (geoffreyess), Monday, 11 April 2016 19:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Enjoyed a few songs on the 2nd half of the album. Many I couldn't finish - they annoyed me that much. Unfortunate record.

octobeard, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Nothing to dispel the impression that M83 is a total hack who's lucked out with a couple of pretty epics (Couleurs/that 'to die with the sun' one)?

― And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), lundi 11 avril 2016 20:07

I totally agree with this. I liked some tracks on "Sat=Youth" but almost everything else I have heard from that guy was not only bad but horrible to me !
I was curious following the first reviews and have given this new album a try and it's... vile.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:21 (two years ago) Permalink

GREAT record. I've been listening to the first track over and over.

Also,

a total hack who's lucked out with a couple of pretty epics

Someone who can make pretty epics isn't a *total* hack though, right?

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 17:34 (two years ago) Permalink

imo the last album felt like a gorgeous environment that housed maybe three total songs. this feels like the inverse of that

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 17:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the first few m83 albums, and Midnight City seemed like an excellent pop fluke. i wouldn't call this guy a hack; I think he got more lucky than expected recently though.

akm, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

And when you get lucky, you end up producing an album full of French wedding music.

Or a Loverboy album.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 19:34 (two years ago) Permalink

There is a certain type of Breakfast Club-inspired melodrama that M83 excels at; the further they move away from that, the less I like them.

caveat: I only started paying attention circa Saturdays = Youth and that's very clearly my favorite out of what I've heard

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

i used to like their videos. in that smiths/belle & sebastian kinda way. like they had a pretty well thought-out aesthetic.

the stuff i've heard from this sounds like 80's retro from like 5 or 10 years ago. from france.

scott seward, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I kept thinking of Sebastien Tellier when I was listening to Junk. He did this kind of thing a whole lot better on Sexuality and My God Is Blue. I do like some of M83's previous albums, especially Saturdays = Youth but Gonzalez is nowhere near the songwriter that Tellier is.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 21:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the Tatu vibe emanating from "Go!". What a beautiful plastic euphoric vibe. If this is the sound of a hack then i can't wait to hear what else he comes up with.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Also - i grew up watching TV in the 80s and I really am not hearing these sit-com music signifiers all the critics are going on about.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Most of the sitcom signifiers come from Moon Crystal, which to me sounds more like a cross between Bill Withers' Lovely Day and the Hill Street Blues theme.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:20 (two years ago) Permalink

my initial reaction is that I do not listen to M83 for this

pretty much my first thought.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:28 (two years ago) Permalink

I like "Moon Crystal"

ejemplo (crüt), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Tellier comparison is OTM, and weirdly the songs sung in French are among the better ones. "Moon Crystal" is also VG. I have a feeling if I caned this album, I'd grow to love it. Not sure yet if I want to give it the necessary time though.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 22:20 (two years ago) Permalink

critics are mentioning "sitcom signifiers" bc anthony gonzalez explicitly referenced "80s sitcoms" as an inspiration

jaymc, Saturday, 16 April 2016 04:28 (two years ago) Permalink

I like this album a lot more than his previous stuff. Just checked to see if anyone had made comparisons between this album and that disappointing Aeroplane album from a few years ago, and they had, and it was me in 2012. This is a better proposition but you can tell both bands had listened to a lot of shitty French marriage songs.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:50 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

For the Kids > Solitude > The Wizard is such a great run of songs.

Ys Man a.k.a. Have One on G (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:49 (two years ago) Permalink

So ... mission successful and no one really gives a shit about this album? Or is this on heavy rotation in the world's last remaining record stores?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

This, Radiohead and latest Autechre my fave new album listens at the moment

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 25 May 2016 20:16 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

lately I've been wondering if the Diplo dolphin sound was actually invented by M83 on Midnight City

niels, Friday, 16 February 2018 07:21 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i kind of gave up on m83 after dead cities but there is a local college radio DJ who plays a lot of m83 during her sets and every time i listen it sounds so good

marcos, Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:54 (five months ago) Permalink

saturdays will always be classic, "Coleurs" is a huge stand-out

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:12 (five months ago) Permalink

yes i will always look back upon that album fondly

dyl, Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:40 (five months ago) Permalink

this track from junk is tops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs3Wki_uYzQ

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 16 March 2018 02:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Coleurs takes a simple idea (every four cycles, add in an extra element, repeat for a long time), and does it to perfection. Wish the rest of the album was even half as good.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Monday, 26 March 2018 06:05 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

it was a weird single choice, both Claudia Lewis and Steve McQueen are so much better!

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 11 June 2018 04:53 (two months ago) Permalink

come on now, that is a great single, lyrics are innocuous and since when is there anything wrong with a sax solo? I remember when it came out, it was exhilerating!

niels, Monday, 11 June 2018 06:30 (two months ago) Permalink

sundfor track is classic and i'll always have time for Saturdays which clearly influenced Chvrches and IAM

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 06:42 (two months ago) Permalink

also the rockets song is pure kate bush pastiche done right

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 06:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Worst song ever? This is nonsense and I’ll go listen to midnight city instead.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 11 June 2018 06:48 (two months ago) Permalink

IAM?

austinb, Monday, 11 June 2018 06:52 (two months ago) Permalink

iamamiwhoami now known as ionnalee, purveyor of synth pop excellence.

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 07:21 (two months ago) Permalink

midnight city rules

Allen (etaeoe), Monday, 11 June 2018 11:58 (two months ago) Permalink

correct!

dyl, Monday, 11 June 2018 15:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Searched, but didn't find mention of Team Ghost, Nicolas Fromageau's band after leaving M83 in 2004. Only own the two 2010 EPs, but they're great. Team Ghost did a remix of "Midnight City" back in 2011.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 11 June 2018 15:26 (two months ago) Permalink


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