Digital Shades is an ongoing ambient series from acclaimed French musician M83, aka Anthony Gonzalez. “Digital Shades Vol. 1” will be released in the U.S. digitally on September 4, 2007. Originally recorded in 2006, “Digital Shades Vol. 1 “will precede the release of M83’s next full-length artist album. The album, as yet untitled, is set for release in early 2008 and will be a continuation of the vast and epic soundscapes that are synonymous with M83. Gonzalez is currently in the studio working on the album, which is being recorded with Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Sugar Cubes, Cocteau Twins, Suede) and Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, Ladytron). Listeners will find the same textured richness throughout the Digital Shades series as can be found on all of M83’s releases. And while not a categorical sonic shift, Digital Shades follows its individual elegiac, lunar and dream-like path. Inspired by Eno and Krautrock in its many forms, M83 focused heavily on subtleties and atmospherics during the writing process. The idea of digital, relevant during all the process (from creating the music to sharing it), gave him the idea to call the project “Digital Shades Vol.1”, and to make the album part of an ongoing series.

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