Before The Dawn Heals Us (CD) ~ M83 (Artist) Cover Art

Farewell / Goodbye

By: M83

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Originally a duo consisting of Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the French electronica act M83 first garnered international attention with its shoegazer-influenced 2003 album, DEAD CITIES, RED SEAS & LOST GHOSTS. With Fromageau's subsequent departure, M83 morphed into the solo vehicle for Gonzalez, who amped up the keyboards for `05's BEFORE THE DAWN HEALS US and took an ambient detour with `07's DIGITAL SHADES VOL. 1. Paying loving tribute to 1980s synth-pop on SATURDAYS = YOUTH, Gonzalez appealed to an even wider audience, resulting in an appearance on the Billboard charts and a high-profile tour with the Killers.

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1   Moonchild Buy
2   Don't Save Us From The Fames Buy
3   In The Cold I'm Standing Buy
4   Farewell / Goodbye Buy
5   Fields, Shorelines And Hunters Buy
6   * Buy
7   I Guess I'm Floating Buy
8   Teen Angst Buy
9   Can't Stop Buy
10   Safe Buy
11   Let Men Burn Stars Buy
12   Car Chase Terror ! Buy
13   Slight Night Shiver Buy
14   A Guitar And A Heart Buy
15   Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun Buy

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Conceptual art/indie with an orbital feel is an apt way of painting the picture of Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez''s 3rd full length offering, under the guise of M83 that is the road to depth, outer space and inner peace. Something that is evident from the outset, as the predominantly instrumental mind massager that is ''Moonchild'' clears the track to discovery, featuring breath taking music and some low key female vocals covering the topics of astronomy and music. Mute. 2006.

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Most druggy music chooses clearly between ecstasy and horror; Anthony Gonzalez deliberately blurs the emotional borders. The French musician, now a one-man-band following the departure of partner Nicolas Fromageau, communicates an awareness that even as the darkest trips have a sick thrill to them, the most pleasurable parts of a lysergic voyage have a creepy aftertaste. On the opener, "Moon Child," you can hear both creepiness and pleasure, as a lucid yet happily stoned female voice reveals that "The whole universe will glow," contrasting ominously with the sort of swelling background choirs Pink Floyd amassed when it was time for their big production numbers. And excitement and fear meld on "Don't Save Us From the Flames"; surreal snippets of lyrics ("Out of the flames/ A piece of brain in my hair/ The wheels are melting/ A ghost is screaming your name") are followed by the name "Tina" in a moan all-but indistinguishable from the airy synthesizers. Gonzalez is less adept at constructing structurally-complex compositions than at tunefully arranging sound effects--repetitive keyboard licks that could've been swiped from a '70s PBS documentary soundtrack and bone-scraping blasts of My Bloody Valentine guitar are among his favorite tricks. But his methods are justified by his sense of brevity, and careful alternating between two speeds--soft epic space-trance and vintage shoe-gazer rave-up--adds to the hallucinatory feel. --Keith Harris

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