French musician Anthony Gonzalez, the mastermind behind the band Messier 83, known commercially as M83, 6th studio album drops on October 18th.
The band is rounded out with Yann Gonzalez, Morgan Kibby, Loic Maurin, and Pierre-Marie Maulini.
The album starts off with a bang going into their mainstream hit “Midnight City” which is a personal favorite:
The album begins very subdued and electronic heavy; but they flash their jazzier roots with tracks like “Train to Pluton” and “Claudia Lewis,” letting loose with some funky bass lines and other instruments you wouldn’t expect from a band centered on its synth sound. Exemplified by the sax solo at the end of “Midnight City” elevating the song to another level.
“Soon, My Friend” rounds out the first CD in the 2 disc edition, the guitar sounding vaguely similar to seventies Pink Floyd. It has a soundtrack quality to it where you’d imagine you’re standing near Stonehenge at sunrise.
The second disc takes off beautifully with “My Tears Are Becoming A Sea” literally forming goosebumps on my arms, as it’s one of the more cinematic arrangements on the album. It then slides them even closer to pop/rock as they incorporate a much stronger feel of rhythm and drums while maintaining that layer of synth, but it takes a backseat to what the rest of the band is really doing. It’s a refreshing change of pace, because let’s face it, if you release a double disc album you better have quite a bit to break up the monotony of the same sounds, a trap that most bands have yet to realize puts most listeners in a daze.
But this album certainly has no problems with that as one can specifically recognize the different sounds on multiple tracks, like the 80s retro pop stylings of “OK Pal” to the piano driven ballad “Splendor” and back to the upbeat rock track “Year One, One UFO.”
Overall this album is eclectic and powerful, but has enough flare and variety to keep you interested in all 22 tracks to see what comes next from M83.