M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is an epic. It's substantially long with twenty-two songs, and there comes a point where Anthony Gonzalez may have exhausted his listeners. This is not an album that's entirety should be listened to in one sitting, but when it's pieces are branched off and listened to in portions, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is an album that deserves praise.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming may not be an easy album to consume in one sitting, but it is by far Gonzalez's best work. Much like Saturdays=Youth he continues to create fluorescent electro-pop, but now he know longer enlists other artists for their vocals, but uses his own. This change connects Gonzalez to his music, and it is imminently clear the direction in which he wants he music to take on. Gonzalez pushes his tracks to the limit, which is why his album manifests into an epic.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming kicks off with "Intro," a chilling opener that begins with children whispering. "Intro" has a powerful conclusive force that could easily end the album, but instead it just sets the stage for what's yet to come. In "Intro" Gonzalez has found his vocal partner in Zola Jesus, one that is powerful, yet not overbearing. "Midnight City," a track that was released early this summer and already has taken over Victoria's Secret advertisements and the soundtrack for the HBO series How To Make It In America is well worth its success. Gonzalez has created a track that can be sorted out into several territories, from dance pop to chillwave. Perhaps the best track on the album, "Wait," spills in moments later. "Wait" is a slow track that deviates entirely from the previous tracks, a commanding and luminous ballad that could quite easily be played acoustically.
Children and storytelling clearly influenced Gonzalez, as he incorporates their voices in both "Intro" and "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire." "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire" tells the story of a magic frog and is narrated by a child, an unusual choice to follow the powerfully melancholic "Wait," but somehow Gonzalez manages to not turn the song into a joke by incorporating some of his strongest instrumentals on the album.
The first half of the first disc is where Hurry Up, We're Dreaming's most memorable tracks lay, but there are several other tracks worthy of mentioning that extend all the way into the second disc. "Steve McQueen" is a electro-pop dream, with glittering vocals, stomping percussion, and a hook that music lovers crave. "New Map" glows with brightly lit instrumentals that compete with monotone and piercing vocals. "OK Pal" is a shout-out to '80s pop, a bursting new take on a recognizable genre. Despite some minor influences, none of Hurry Up, We're Dreaming sounds familiar, Gonzalez's innovation stems from his own imagination.
One of Gonzalez's biggest strengths is that he knows how to create an album, one that intentionally flows from start to finish. His concluding track, "Outro" closes Hurry Up, We're Dreaming with a gentle, yet potent bang. The song begins with electro-pop and concludes with acoustic notes on a piano, a small and significant detail that changes the entirety of both the song and the album. From "Intro" to "Outro," M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is an epic that stimulates ingenuity and is intended for patient listeners.