Tuesday, November 22, 2011

M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming

We always like to spend holiday weekends with a new record.  It gives us a chance to really dig into the meat of the record, and moreover, it gives us a really clear sense of space and time for that first listen.  So it was that we pulled out M83's latest Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. last night and gave it a spin.  Suffice it to say, we were not disappointed.

The two disc opus, which was recommended by HAD friend Nabocough, dropped back in October, and had largely evaded our view.  Well, we stand corrected.  The disc is a perfect blend of pop, dance, and straight ahead rock, that manages to simultaneously be nostalgic and completely new all at once.  It's like discovering a great lost record, from a band you never knew you liked in the first place.

Now, we're sure the M83 faithful will be scoffing at this, saying they knew it all along, etc. etc., and that's just fine.  The fact of the matter is that this record is going to be far more important to those who aren't already worshipping at the altar of these Frenchmen.  They've no doubt (judging by reviews) been making killer records for years, and that's fantastic.  But Hurry Up, We're Dreaming features such a diverse palette of textures and melodies, it's more than likely to take M83 into the mainstream.

We're not saying you have to like the disc, but we are saying it's a damned well-crafted piece of pop, and we're loving every minute of it.  There are worse ways to spend your holiday weekend listening hours, but why bother?

M83 are in New York tonight and tomorrow.

mp3: M83 - New Map