M83:: Saturdays=Youth

Anthony Gonzalez furthers his sonic fantasies as M83 returns with Saturdays=Youth; a continued exploration of the theme of youth finds Gonzalez reveling in the endless dreams of the teenager. Saturdays=Youth incorporates all the escapism and fatalistic charm of those years before all the psychic boundaries solidify, with hope and aimlessness in conflict, jockeying for position. The result is a vibrantly moody work filled with bold soundscapes and inventive melodies, opening with the cold piano of “You, Appearing,” and closing with the funereal instrumental “Midnight Souls Still Remain,” putting the dream asleep. Between the bookends there is much to delight in, whether that be the infectious shoegaze of standout “Graveyard Girl,” evoking thoughts of Chapterhouse; the bubbling synths of “Up,” combining with Morgan Kibby’s ethereal vocal treatment to create a Kate Bush type ambiance; or my favorite, the illustrious racer “Highway Of Endless Dreams,” opening with a spoken word pronouncement following into a continuing build holding court for vocals that swirl in and out of phase, never ceasing until the bones are indeed fully charred. Saturdays=Youth is M83’s fifth album, recorded with Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Sugar Cubes, Cocteau Twins, Suede) and Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, Ladytron).

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Apr 19 Camden Crawl London
Apr 25 Andrews Lane Theater Dublin, Dublin
Apr 28 Cargo London, London and South East
Apr 29 Maroquinerie Paris, Ile-de-France
May 2 L.E.V Festival Gijon
May 3 Ancienne Belgique Brussels
May 20 Echoplex Los Angeles, California
May 21 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
May 23 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
May 24 Richards on Richards Vancouver
May 25 Neumos Seattle
May 28 Triple Rock Club Minneapolis
May 29 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
May 30 The Mod Club Toronto
May 31 Cabaret Music Hall Quebec
Jun 2 Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jun 3 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Jun 4 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Jun 6 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia
Jun 7 Black Cat Washington


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