Leaked to the internet over one and a half months early, there is no doubt that M83’s new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is much anticipated. Their climb from just remixing songs by big bands like Bloc Party and Placebo to releasing their own albums has been impressive, which is why their sixth studio album is met with enormous expectations. Partly, because it has been over three years since their last and most played album: Saturdays=Youth. Nevertheless, the expectations are definitely met by this French electronica/synth-pop band. Anthony Gonzalez, the man that behind M83, describes the new album as ‘darker and very, very, very epic’, which gives a hint as to where he has taken it. Each song is different, and we hear instruments you wouldn’t even dream of hearing in an M83 song like a saxophone and an acoustic guitar. It is a two disc CD, and if you listen to them both continuously you feel like you’ve been told some sort of amazing story which you don’t fully understand.
The album has some truly extraordinary songs, yet no song falls underneath a certain level. ‘Intro’ featuring the 2011 look-out Zola Jesus makes your heart beat faster waiting for what will be thrown at you the next song. ‘Raconte-Moi Une Histoire’ is a warm, upbeat song with its happy tones, and a kid telling you a story about a frog. Two other songs that stand out are ‘My Tears Are Becoming a Sea’ and ‘Year One, One UFO’. The first one is an epic, worldly Sigur Rós sounding song, with a full orchestra and very longing lyrics; ‘I’m slowly drifting to you’. The second one is an incredibly upbeat and folk-inspired song with lots of energy; it sounds more commercial than most other M83 songs, so it wouldn’t be surprising if it is used in upcoming movies or advertisements.
Making such a long album is not an easy task, because the songs can easily become monotone or boring, yet Gonzalez proves with this album that that is not an issue for him. This album is basically a result of all the other albums, plus the genuine M83 sound in a new way. The reason why this album is so good is how wonderfully crafted it is. One can clearly hear that no sound or beat has been left to chance. Every single song is made for a different purpose and the music has neatly been constructed around that exact purpose. It is quite surprising that all the songs are so different, and that they don’t ‘float’ into one another like they usually do in M83’s albums. Overall it is a darker album in some ways, but the sore, emotional songs like ‘Graveyard Girl’ and ‘Too Late’ that made the whole Saturday=Youth album what it is are missing. That is my only critique worth mentioning, however you can still hear the soreness in songs like ‘Splendor’, but it’s not as brutal as in the last album.By Mari Martinsen