How M83 Learned To Embrace The Weird
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 05, 2016

  • Posted by: Don Saas



It's looking more and more likely that M83's Junk is going to be one of the weirdest albums of the year and one of the most unexpected follow-up records to a major breakthough album in recent memory. Yes, obviously, M83 had some really avant-garde records before Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, but that album (and "Midnight City") broke M83 into mainstream consciousness in a way that we're not entirely sure Anthony Gonzalez would have ever predicted, and all of the singles from Junk seem to be Gonzalez assuring his old school fans that he's still got some surprises left in him.

Junk is due out on Friday, 4/8, and M83 has shared what will likely be the final single of the record cycle. "Go!" Features legendary guitarist Steve Vai and backup vocals from one of Gonzalez's fellow countrymen, French vocalist Mai Lan. And although the initial single, "Do It. Try It" felt like Gonzalez was trolling fans with his retro-80s, "Wang Chung on a speedball" aesthetic, "Go!" fits more into the spacey vibes of second single, "Solitidue."

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming has proven to be one of the defining albums of the 2010s. And while I'd be very curious to see the alternate universe where M83 follows that record up with a more logical, maximalist synth pop explosion, these singles from Junk remind us that Anthony Gonzalez and M83 can't be placed in convenient corners and that he values perfect control of his art above nearly all else.

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