Music / M 83

M83 are a French electronic/Shoegazing band quite notable for their artistic quality. The main band member is Anthony Gonzalez (composer), and joining him live are Morgan Kibby (who has written and performed on the past two albums), Loc Maurin (drums), and Jordan Lawlor.

Their career started in 2001 with a Self-Titled Album that received little attention or praise. They released their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts in 2003: critically praised but commercially ignored for its first year. Then the indie scene picked it up and they gained some popularity. By 2005's Before The Dawn Heals Us, they had gained a fanbase and critics were drooling in anticipation over the album's release. Though not as critically praised as Dead Cities, it got very positive attention. Then Saturdays=Youth was released in 2008, once again getting them good sales and positive critical attention. The band's next album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, was issued in 2011 to massive acclaim and its first single, "Midnight City" was named the best song of the year by Pitchfork Media (and in 2012, the song became rather popular on alternative rock radio).

Indie kids love this band. It's very easy to spot why: M83 loves to use experimental sound effects to add to the artistic quality of their albums. Lots of people who aren't indie kids also love this band for the same reasons. Much like another popular French electronic group was chosen to score TRON: Legacy, they were chosen by director Joseph Kosinski to score Oblivion (2013).

M83 contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Epic Rocking:"Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun", "Beauties Can Die", and "Midnight Souls Still Remain" all extend past 10 minutes.
    • Although, in the case of "Midnight Souls Still Remain," it could be disputed whether repeating two chords with no variation whatsoever could be considered "epic" or "rocking."
  • Everything Is an Instrument: The shoegazing edition.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: Used in "Outro" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.
  • Homage: Saturdays = Youth, from the artwork to the musical style to the music videos, is inspired by 80s Brat Pack era John Hughes movies.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "Steve McQueen", wherein the narrator sings about growing stronger than ever.
  • Mind over Matter: The music videos for "Midnight City" and "Reunion".
  • Spoken Word in Music: Multiple examples across the albums, telling stories under the music...
    • Before The Dawn Heals Us: "Moonchild," the break from "Safe," and "Car Chase Terror"
    • Hurry Up, We're Dreaming: The opening of "Intro," the breaks from "Reunion" and "OK Pal," and the entirety of "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire" (in English) and "Echoes of Mine" (in French).
  • Toad Licking: Pretty much all there is to "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.
  • Wanderlust Song: "New Map"
  • Welcome to the Big City: "Midnight City" is a subversion; it was inspired by Anthony Gonzalez's admiration of Los Angeles's skyline after spending most of his life in the French countryside.