Saturdays=Youth (Bonus CD) [VINYL]
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In some respects, the album is comparable to the work of Boards of Canada. That is not to say that M83's compositions resemble the mood or sonic palette of BoC particularly ('Music Has the Right to Children' was menacing and claustrophobic, 'Saturdays = Youth' is light and airy), it is more the sense of delicious nostalgia that each act expertly taps into.
There is a shamelessly heartfelt sincerity to these tracks, which is extremely refreshing given the number of bands that are currently adopting an 80's influenced sound but are far too self aware and engrossed in cool posturing to cut loose and have fun with it.
The whole album is an absolute delight, but a special mention for 'You, Appearing', 'Kim & Jessie', 'We Own the Sky' and 'Dark Moves of Love'.
Tracks such as "Kim & Jessie" (which could provide a nice indie-pop summer hit) or "Up!" sound like how the last (brilliant ortherwise) Goldfrapp LP could have been up to if they had kept their electronic craft, while "Dark Moves Of Love" is the epitome of shoegazing albeit turned to 11 (like the Cocteau Twins jamming with Mercury Rev, if you see what I mean). But the key track here, still, is the forthcoming single, "Couleurs", which, with his obsessive rhythm construction and guitar/keyboards collusive maelstrom, will take you to another level of hypnose and excitement, to heights rarely reached by electronic acts.
A few 80's tricks in the arrangements can't even distract from the fact "Saturdays=Youth" (not such a cryptic title, if you think) is pop as what it always should be; sing-a-long melodies and innovative soundscapes everywhere.
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But M83 takes a step in another direction "Saturdays = Youth" -- instead we get a tongue-in-cheek, vaguely nostaltic expanse of 80s-style teenage angst. There are some jarringly angular moments, but Anthony Gonzalez mostly turns out a pretty, electro-riddled little experience swathed in shoegazer instrumentals and pop melodies.
It opens with a very gentle little piano melody, hesitating as if unsure what to play, and is joined by flickers of ephemeral synth. "It's your face," a woman's breathless voice sings, as a man murmurs gentle in the shimmering wash. The entire thing keeps swirling in on itself like a forming tropical storm, growing more ethereal and incomprehensible by the second.
Now drop all expectations of what this album will be like.
"Kim and Jessie" is a vaguely New Orderish synthpop melody with lots of thudding beats and wailing synth loops. And most of the songs hover in the middle -- rollicking blurry guitarpop, swirling shimmering dance, urgent electronica, spacey balladry dripping with dance rhythms, shoegazer epics that build up to a mountainous climax, and ethereal pianopop smothered in cloudy synth. The finale is a continuous, ten-minute ambient hum that frankly bored me silly.
But it takes until the deliciously tongue-in-cheek "Graveyard Girl" for the intent of this to become clear -- it's a wistful, mocking soundtrack of teenage angst and moodiness. The very serious line ""I'm fifteen years old and I feel it's already too late to live. Don't you?" is deliciously ironic.Read more ›
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Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 6 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
Great album for driving. M83 have an exceptional way with altering your mood with each song.
I only wish that there were more songs on it.
Excelent mix of vocals and Kim and Jessie is excellent , invigorating and uplifting tracks throughout, vibrant and pristine vocals and simple melodies combine to make this a... Read morePublished on 14 July 2014 by Neville Hollingworth
I can't stop listening to this. M83 are a new discovery for me. Beautiful, dreamy, almost haunting music. A mix of goldfrapp, Cocteau twins.Published on 5 May 2014 by Iain Tully
Great album suitable for any mood and any time of the day. I just love it. And love M83 in generalPublished on 1 Mar. 2013 by Natalja Jemeljanova
Some really good tracks, mainly at the beginning. Favourite track's Skin Of The Night-really impressive. Would recommend to M83 fan.Published on 10 July 2012 by Nic6
This is my favourite M83 album. Coleurs is just sublime and if you're ever lucky enough to see them live just pray they play this (was the encore at Shepherd's Bush this year) then... Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Push the Button