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M83 – “Wait”

It’s a little bit of a relief when I know exactly what song is going to represent an artist for the decade.  Barring a last minute 2019 LP (which could happen – they teased that an album is coming ‘soon’), they’ve only released two albums in the last ten years – 2011’s mesmerizing Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and 2016’s fun-but-cheesy Junk.  The former has more hits than the latter, but regardless of the presence of other contenders like ‘Midnight City’ or ‘Steve McQueen’, there was little question in my mind that ‘Wait’ was going to be the obvious choice all along.

And it’s for good reason.  ‘Wait’ is an absolute gut punch; an emotional wrecking ball that achieves astronomical poignancy with only skeletal lyrics.  Chants of “no time” make up the chorus, lending this dreamy, electronic atmosphere a sense of existential urgency.  With those two words, I immediately feel like my life is waning and that I need to get out of this chair and go do something meaningful and impactful.  It’s downright compelling, and the climactic shouts of “woow, woow” echo across the wide-panning reverb like desperate wails into space.  Frontman Anthony Gonzalez delivers the vocal performance of his life – he sounds sad, contemplative, visceral.  At the same time, he seems to say everything without really actually dictating much at all.  It’s a stream-of-consciousness rambling – a word here, a phrase there, but no overt narrative.  This leaves “Wait” open to emotional interpretation, offering us a planetarium while allowing us to interpret the celestial bodies.

This playlist has been – and will continue to be – comprised of a lot of songs that convey emotion.  ‘Wait’ might be one of the few songs that merely evokes it, slowly drawing it out of listeners without communicating very much in particular.  It’s a cathartic experience, and one that no fan of music should go into 2020 without hearing.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
04.02.19
OK here's the real #23, not the April Fool's joke ;-)

gryndstone
04.02.19
Hurry Up We're Dreaming as a whole is such a beautiful album. This track is definitely the cherry on top

SowingSeason
04.02.19
Agreed. It was one of the easiest choices I've made this whole list.

mynameischan
04.02.19
i actually just heard this song yesterday and loved it

been listening to midnight city for years but clearly need to hear the whole album

SowingSeason
04.02.19
oh wow

it's easy to assume everyone's heard this because of how much this album exploded (on this site especially) in 2011

glad you are digging it - M83 is a hit or miss band for me (mostly hit), and this album as well as saturdays=youth are two of my favorite electronic/dream pop albums ever made

mynameischan
04.02.19
yeah like i said i have always loved midnight city but i think i just never got around to listening to the whole album because of the length. but it's on my decades catch-up playlist which is how i heard this song.

Slex
04.02.19
Midnight City is the best pop song of the decade for me but I can't be mad at this pick

SowingSeason
04.02.19
Midnight City was honestly my second pick so I have no qualms with that. Both songs are amazing in their own right this one just registers with me strongly whereas Midnight City is more of a fun jam. Both have merit.

Pangea
04.03.19
midnight city is among my favourite songs ever but this is amazing as well

SowingSeason
04.03.19
Yeah those seem to be the two popular picks

Pangea
04.03.19
Yeah true. I'm a big fan of splendor as well

DoofDoof
04.03.19
Ok I like this one

SowingSeason
04.03.19
Victory at last

neekafat
04.03.19
My favorite song of all time, thank you (:

klap
04.03.19
Nice dude

SowingSeason
04.03.19
Oh awesome neek, glad I got this 100% right in at least one person's book!

neekafat
04.04.19
It's just so so powerful, your write-up did a great job of summing it up!

SowingSeason
04.04.19
Thanks neeka! Glad you think so!

Brinner
04.04.19
Nice choice! Wait is indeed a brilliant song. The album is a strong one overall, another contender for me is the underrated 'Soon, My Friend'.

Chambered79
04.04.19
Best song on the album for sure

anarchistfish
04.06.19
Midnight city>

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