Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Anthony (M83) Gonzalez - "Midnight City:" Short, Mutant-Based Film

Frenchmen, Antony Gonzalez has been artfully crafting Dream-tinged Pop music as "M83" since roughly 2001; Averaging nearly 1 full-length album every 1.66666666667 years. That would mean that this most recent M83 commercial offering (Hurry Up, We're Dreaming) is essentially Album # 6-7. "Midnight City," a track pulled from the Justin Meldal-Johnsen produced album, has been effectively pushed as lead single. Since intercepting the music industry in 1993, Meldal-Johnsen has flexed his bass-playing abilities on a string of Beck albums between Mutations-Sea Change... Jamiroquai - "Black Capricorn Day" (1999), Black Eyed Peas and Michelle Branch's respective breakthrough albums - Monkey Business/Hotel Paper, and Nine Inch Nails' 2007-09 Tours.

While recently speaking with a few media outlets, Anthony Gonzalez has publicly cited a number of classic [double] albums including: The Beatles ("White Album"), Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness, and Pink Floyd - Ummagumma as primary sources of influence. Like many of its predecessors, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming also has a loose running concept based around the life progression of dreams and for all intensive purposes, the album is a "reflection of [Gonzalez's] 30 years as a human being." Now, the accompanying Fleur & Manu-directed music video for "Midnight City" deals with a different sort of human being: the super-natural mutant kind. Disregard the imminent X-Men: First Class ripping comments that some ignorant asshole will probably go and upload after I upload this post... M83's 22-track, 2LP-spanning Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is now available for your purchasing/listening pleasure(s) and the companion "Midnight City" mini-movie is delightfully featured just below above the fold.

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