M83: “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

M83’s new album, new DOUBLE album, entitled “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming”, is a bit of a puzzle. It sounds exactly like everything I love, and loathe, about 80’s synth-pop. Cheesy drum machines, ethereal vocals that sound like a new wave Ricola cough mint commercial, and even that “pop bass” sound that was so prevalent back then. Imagine if the Dream Academy (Life in a Northern Town), Thomas Dolby, New Order, Alphaville and Kraftwerk got together and created an album with Trevor Horn as producer. Getting the idea?

This whole “80’s nostalgia” thing is weird to me; not because it’s so unfathomable, but rather because the type of music they’re choosing to bring back is of the cheesy variety. The John Hughes, sound track variety. In the mid 80’s Hughes made a lot of cool bands extremely rich, and destroyed all credibility for said bands in the process by homogenizing them to the nth degree. In other words, he cut off their balls. In his defense, though, they walked willingly into “eunuchdom”.

Anyway, back to this M83 album. I should hate it, but I don’t. I’m actually digging the immersive quality of the music, the whole HUGENESS of the sound. And the songs are actually pretty great. There’s a lot of depth here, and each time I listen I find something new to like.

How Soon Is Now: The Smiths
The Pet Shop Boys: Left To My Own Devices
The Stone Roses: Fool’s Gold
Specials: Concrete Jungle
New Order: Blue Monday

The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead
New Order: Power, Corruption And Lies
The Specials: The Specials
Pop Will Eat Itself: This Is The Day, This Is The Hour, This Is This
Squeeze: Argy Bargy