Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2-Disc by M83 – Wherein Many Shoes Are Gazed Upon
French shoegazers M83 are back with their first album in three years, ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’. It’s two discs of their signature smooth sound, using equal parts rhythmic keyboarding and whispering vocals to make something more akin to organized, airy echoes than what you’re traditionally call music. Then again, that’s pretty much the point of shoegaze – to be removed from the ‘limitations’ of normal music structure in favor of something more meditative.
And that’s really the problem with trying to review their music: there’s basically nothing to hold onto. Normally when I listen to music, there’s a ‘backbone’ I can identify, and from there I can come to an opinion. Even purely instrumental or electronic music has a pulse that directs the flow and provides movement to the music. By its very definition, however, M83 has none. The lyrics are indistinct, the guitar and keyboard work is distorted to the point of static, and there’s no unifying message behind any of it. It’s just sound. It’s nice sound, there’s no questioning that – I like having it in the background while I’m working, as I am right now, and if you’re having trouble sleeping they’d probably give you a hand – but it’s still primarily just a stretch of sound without the structure.
Similar Sounds: They’re a bit like the easy listening equivalent of Daft Punk or a less enthusiastic Blue Man Group – provided they were played with ‘real’ instruments.
Final Thoughts: M83 is the kind of music you want in the background as white noise while you’re doing something else. Though not as completely insubstantial as true ambient music, it’s not anything you can really focus on for its own sake. Still, whether you want to contemplate your navel or blot out the world around you, M83 provides.