Sunday, 13 January 2013

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)

M83 is a French electronic/shoegaze band from Antibes, formed in 2001 by Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau

"Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Mute, 2003) fulfills the promise of M83's first album with a wildly intense and gloriously unpredictable style that manages to bridge Bach, Brian Eno, My Bloody Valentine and Terry Riley, while remaining within the canon of rock music, replacing the guitar with the electronic keyboards and abandoning the vocals as the center of mass of the "song". In one of the most eloquent aesthetic moves of the early 21st century, M83's duo (Nicolas Fromageau and Anthony Gonzalez) coined a musical language that was both ethereal and ominous, woozy and abrasive, celestial and gloomy, spiritual and violent, light as a feather and massive like a boulder.
Unrecorded moves like a baroque sonata, fueled by soaring synth lines and catastrophic guitar distortion while all sorts of underlying electronic streams pulsate like harpsichords. A maelstrom of wavering..."

Music: [FatCityCigarLounge Blog]

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