By Nigel Hamblin |Staff Writer|
Anthony Gonzalez’s one-man electro-ambient dream-pop act has returned in full force.
Hurry up, We’re Dreaming is an all out assault on the eardrums. It’s big and it’s loud, and it doesn’t hold back.
Gonzalez, popularly known as M83, transports us to another galaxy with a new release destined to be remembered.
Listening to this record is like being washed away in an ocean of white noise. It’s loaded with reverb, synth, fuzzy distortion, unexpected instruments and several other spell binding effects you would expect to hear in a sci-fi video game.
In short, it’s equivalent to a movie soundtrack on steroids.
It can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to process it at first, but once that’s done the album is nothing but pure euphoria and bliss.
“It’s mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you’re a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I’m really proud of it,” said Gonzalez in an interview with Spin magazine. “If you’re doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I’ve done that with this one. Overall, it’s pop — and very epic.”
With two discs and 22 songs, this album has no reason not to have epic written all over it, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The best part about this record is how it incorporates and resembles different musical acts and styles. There’s a good amount of 80s influence present that will have you thinking of musicians such as Depeche Mode and Peter Gabriel.
Surprisingly, elements of smooth jazz and some light funk are included as well. Saxophones and flutes take the music for an interesting turn while funky bass lines compliment the dance infused drum beats.
The album even employs an organ to bring the walls down around you.
With all these influences thrown into the mix, it’s hard to conclude that the music is just pop. In fact, it surpasses that.
“This Bright Flash” is a perfect example of how big the music is and its title is nothing short of accurate. Starting off by slowly and quietly building up the synth, a drum roll kicks in before the song explodes into a flash of noise that will catch you unaware and swallow you whole.
“My Tears are Becoming a Sea” is another noteworthy track that brings the organ to the center of attention. It’s loaded with big bass and long notes, creating the imagery of waves crashing during a sea storm.
Vocally, the singing resembles bands such as Band of Horses with its high-pitched echoes, contributing significantly to the dreamy atmosphere and fits well with the overpowering music.
In between all the noise, Gonzalez changes up the pace and decides to experiment with the acoustic guitar, bringing a different side to M83. Fortunately, Gonzalez succeeds without losing any of the magic and captivation.
Hurry up, We’re Dreaming is more than a pop album, it’s an experience. Anyone who is already a fan or wants to hear an extraordinary piece of captivating music would be wise not to miss it.