Monday, August 1, 2011

M83: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83’s new two disk EP, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, marks an evolution in M83’s ambient sound. From dialogues of children exchanging fears on the run to acoustic guitar and saxophone samples, its hard to pin a single genre down on the two disk set - but the mood feels like the 1980’s. The emotional vibe of the album ranges from the peaks of nostalgic high school bliss, to the bellows of anxiety discerning between reality and dreams. The ambient tracks and childlike euphoria found on the first disk are set opposed from the tones of the second disk, which contains more electro-pop percussive songs and shorter bridging tracks. Anthony Gonzales has said that the two disks are meant to have a brother and sister vibe. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming marks a departure from M83’s albums of the past because of the overwhelming array of new tones, vocal samples, and instruments included in the set. The album was recorded in Los Angeles; Gonzales has said that the inspiration for putting the album together came from trips to Joshua Tree National Park. If you haven’t listened to M83, listen to this album first to get a feel for M83’s distinct signature sound.