M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming


4.5
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Review

by Josh Blawat USER (1 Reviews)
October 18th, 2011 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lose yourself in a dream

Throughout life people of all ages have come to find certain things that help to take their minds off of the stress and cruelty of everyday life. For some it’s picking up a good book and being able to get lost in the characters and pages of the story. But for most it is rather simple: music. The ability to put on some headphones, lean back and just let go is a life saver. However, this drifting away to dream land is something I, unfortunately, have never been able to experience. Not even with any of M83’s other stellar (pun intended) releases, or even releases of such bands as Eluvium or Lights Out Asia. I thought I would never be able to find that one album that would allow me to drift away, until now.

M83 is -
Anthony Gonzales - Vocals, Production and Instrumentation

Immediately after delving into this double album, you are instantly greeted by the “Intro” track. This is by no means a mere intro track seeing as it is the longest on the entire album and stands by itself as an excellent standalone track. With that said it is however a truly wonderful beginning to this magical journey, with its warm, inviting synths and vocals by both Anthony and the featured Zola Jesus. This track really leaves you wanting more, and boy does M83 deliver.

Ever since Nicolas Fromageau left the band, M83’s sound has changed. However this is not at all a bad thing. Throughout the next hour you are treated to some of M83’s best work. With songs such as Midnight City and New Map, you find yourself humming along to Anthony’s layered yet simple vocals and lyrics. The music has a tendency to embed and stay inside your head. Especially special parts such as the saxophone outro on Midnight City, which happens to be my favorite section of music from the entire album, and that delicious bass guitar that appears in bursts throughout Claudia Lewis.

Now don’t get me wrong, this album isn’t all about toe tappers and sing along songs. M83 gets his name from the distant Messier galaxy and you can definitely tell when he references this in his music. Songs such as Where the Boats Go and Splendor, help to slow the pace back down and allow you to enjoy the dreamy, warm soundscapes by bringing out the spacey, rich layered music that you have come to know and love from M83. The way he does this is by starting a pattern of having one or two more upbeat songs and then throwing in some more ambient songs in between to give you a chance to catch your breath.
Not a single song acts as filler at any point throughout as each finds its proper place, and it is impossible to pick favorites. Without one, the others wouldn’t seem as magnificent. However, I do have one beef with this album. The track Raconte-Moi Une Histoire, which translates into “tell me a story”, feels rather unnerving. A happy childlike song this may be, but I can’t help but feel disturbed while I listen to this child talk about frogs and how we should all be like frogs. As innocent an idea it is, I would rather not. With that being said it is still easy to brush this off and continue on and enjoy the music of the song, so it’s not all bad. Therefore it isn’t that big of a problem seeing as this is the only complaint I have for something from a man who obviously knows what he’s doing.

This may as well be album of the year for me. This may be for many reasons which include just the overall epic feel you get from listening to it. However, for me the main reason is clear. I have found the ONE thing that allows me to escape, to forget the world around me, and just enjoy life the moment that this masterpiece starts playing through my headphones. After all these years I have finally found my getaway, and that makes Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming a winner in my book.


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SadTissues
October 18th 2011


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review! Be gentle, any comments and tips would be greatly appreciated.

pizzamachine
October 18th 2011


12571 Comments


Fantastic first review man, looking forward to more from you!

SadTissues
October 18th 2011


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dude! I shall try my best and maybe someday, if I try really hard, Ill be able to make a pizza half as good as yours.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2011


23964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, ditto pizza's comment

its crazy how we went so long without a review for this and now there are three in the past day (ish)

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2011


10543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well it just came out today

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

foxblood
October 18th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah nobody could review the leak and today is the official release, so it's not really strange

foxblood
October 18th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Not a single song acts as filler at any point throughout as each finds its proper place, and it is impossible to pick favorites"

yea that's how i feel too

jimmykidd
October 19th 2011


532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. amazing album!

mast3rshake16
October 19th 2011


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really feel ya on the getaway album, glad you finally found yours..

This, Jagga Jazzist - What We Must, and for emma are my only 2 others that I can think of

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2011


23964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ah nevermind then. album is growing on me, think im going to bump it soon.

Nomad
October 19th 2011


247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album and review are both great. Have a Pos from me.

SadTissues
October 19th 2011


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks everyone for the kind words! Really appreciate it.

mast3rshake16
October 19th 2011


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey sad tissues, listen to this album if you haven't already... its a sputnik fav and has a similar dreamy vibe (albeit a little more somber in what it emotes)

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/9999/Jaga-Jazzist-What-We-Must/

SadTissues
October 20th 2011


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you sir I will most definitely look this up. I guess Im not up on the current sputnik favorites.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2011


23964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yeah Jaga Jazzist reccin. What We Must is one of the best albums ever. Really underexposed. I saw them live this year and nearly cried when they played "All I Know is Tonight"

actually I took a video check it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJCD5KrobnE
oh and Oslo Skyline (probably a better video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6TsttgDOZ8

SadTissues
October 20th 2011


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am absolutely loving this.

mast3rshake16
October 20th 2011


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thats awesome aids, really wish I had the chance to see them..
I get to see m83, major lazer, del, boris, neon indian, flying lotus, odd future, blonde redhead, tuneyards, girls, russian circles, and the MIGHTY mastodon all next week thanks to austin, texas being the best city on earth (aka music hipster paradise)

and glad you are liking the jaga tissues, when I was reading your review I instantly thought of that album



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