« Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming»
This epic double album from the renowned French electro maestro transports us into a universe of dreams and childhood fancies, where grandiose instrumental arrangements and layered synths brim and swell with emotion.
M83 originally consisted of two young men from Antibes with a fondness for mixing up different styles, including electronic music, pop and ambient. It took them just one album, however, to establish their own distinctive sound, a spacey yet melodic form of electronica influenced by Tangerine Dream and Mogwai.
The Côte d’Azur is not, at first glance, the most rock’n’roll location in the world. This is particularly true in terms of the music made there, in which frenetic energy would seem to be a rare or indeed non-existent quality. In 2000, however, it gave birth to one album that met with universal acclaim: the debut of M83, a duo formed by Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, both of whom were barely 20 at the time of the album’s release.
Over the following months they notched up one live triumph after another, building up their popularity to the point of securing a booking for the prestigious Sónar Festival in Barcelona. Meanwhile, they also found themselves in a position to reach a wider audience: in 2002, Gooom Disques signed a global licensing deal for M83 with Labels/EMI Music France.
Returning to Antibes, M83 spent 2002 writing their second album. The process was long but productive, and in time twelve titles were selected from the accumulated material. Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts came out in April 2003. With a sound that was more distinctive and clearly defined, the album enjoyed greater success than its predecessor without sacrificing any of M83’s unique melodic sensibility, their infectiously fresh approach to sound or the rich textures generated by the juxtaposition of calm compositions with more rhythmic pieces.
In 2008, M83 released Saturdays=Youth, an album recorded at Rockfield Studios in South Wales with producers Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros) and Ewan Person (Rapture). Then, in 2011, M83 announced its first European concerts for that autumn, to be followed up by a more substantial tour at the start of 2012. By now the group was a solo vehicle, with Anthony Gonzales at the helm. 18 October 2011 saw the release of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming on Naïve Records.