Big Black Delta is the musical project of Los Angeles’ Jonathan Bates, who’s also logged time as a touring musician for M83. Here’s his hard-hitting new single, “Side of the Road,” which he tells Hive is the culmination of a few different things. “I wanted to make a song that sounded what I thought flying and forgiveness would sound like,” he says. “That and sexual liberation.” Consider us liberated. [Source]
The album Big Black Delta is out on 8th April 2013
Team Ghost’s Dead Film Star EP is a perfect example of all the potential for greatness on their upcoming debut album that the group has. The brainchild of co-founder and former M83 member Nicolas Fromageau, Team Ghost’s new EP effortlessly blends the diverse worlds of traditional indie-rock and modern electronica. [Source]
M83 has had one heck of a year touring behind his critically-acclaimed album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and gaining praise for having one of the best live shows around. M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) released the next single “Steve McQueen” on November 27 with four remixes including one from Maps. Maps is the moniker of Northhampton, UK-based artist James Chapman. He has two albums out on Mute Records and a new one due in 2013. [Source]
“Graveyard Girl” is a song by French electronic/dream pop act M83. Written by Anthony Gonzalez with his brother Yann, it was released in April 2008 as the second single from M83′s fifth studio album, Saturdays = Youth. Anthony Gonzalez cited English bands such as Tears for Fears and Cocteau Twins, as well as John Hughes teen films The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, as inspirations for Saturdays = Youth. A girl resembling Molly Ringwald appears on the album cover, and the lyrics and music video for “Graveyard Girl” further highlight these influences. “I wanted to have the feeling of a teenager mixed with this period of the Eighties,” Gonzalez said. The song tells the story of a goth girl Gonzalez once knew who “worships Satan” but “dreams of a sister like Molly Ringwald.” Spin’s Mosi Reeves called “Graveyard Girl” one of the album’s “few compelling songs.” Dave Hughes of Slant Magazine said the song is “certainly the most typically, successfully pop moment this difficult, often transcendent act has ever produced.” Pitchfork’s Amy Phillips wrote that “Anthony Gonzalez makes the teen years seem idyllic, a time in life when all emotion is pure and beautiful,” and that the song is “melodramatic, overblown, and even a little bit silly. But then again, so is high school.” Jer Fairall of PopMatters suggested that on “Graveyard Girl”, M83 found “pure pop perfection by dipping into the pool of mid-’80s synth-pop. “Treble’s Tyler Parks noted: “It is quite possible that no one has ever sung quite so sweetly of someone worshipping Satan.”
Saturdays = Youth is the fifth studio album by French electronic band M83, first released on 11 April 2008. The album was produced by Ken Thomas, known for his work with Sigur Rós, The Sugarcubes, Cocteau Twins, and Suede, with co-production by Ewan Pearson (who has also produced for Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, and Ladytron) and M83 leader Anthony Gonzalez. The album yielded four singles: “Couleurs” in February 2008, “Graveyard Girl” in April, “Kim & Jessie” in July and “We Own the Sky” in December.
“Reunion,” the second single from M83’s second album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, is a straight-A student of a song: successful and likeable enough, but maybe just a little a bit too perfect. Here it gets the royal treatment from six different producers, who each pervert it a little differently. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s remix gets obsessed with the droning background vocal tracks, blowing them up and looping them endlessly–like hitting on someone by constantly telling them how great their worst feature is. A sort of sexy optimism bordering on delusion. They cleverly dig up harmonies that aren’t in the original track, and use them as rails to steady a kind of breezy, neon, basement dance-pop, turning Anthony Gonzalez’s caterwaul into a Christmas ornament. [Source]
M83 will take part in Record Store Day on April 21st this year, with a limited edition vinyl 7” featuring the hidden album track Mirror. The release will be a limited run of in the US, UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.
“If it’s in your nature, you’ll never win,” threatens Nika Roza Danilova. Zola Jesus’s return hinted a year-long visibility for the goth-sketched singer, starting with “Vessels” and the best guest vocals of the year in M83′s Intro. And of course because of Conatus— a Latin word that describes a creation’s continued pursuit to strive, to fully realize its purpose and eventually its demise. In her latest record, most of the tracks are intended for serious gestation, hidden for immediate accessibility and pleading for time and reflection. It does not help that Zola Jesus thunders in her rounded, throaty vocals cloaking the lyrics of the songs. One stand out and can be considered as Conatus‘s tower is “In Your Nature,” a fatalistic look at a person’s inability to adapt change that spells doom to another person’s Moira and later himself. [Source]
Debut single King Complex is the first taster from forthcoming album Foe and indicative of Man Without Country’s ability to morph their source material into anthems when you least expect it, the track’s tinkling keyboard led intro exploding into a euphoric dancefloor chorus. Co-produced by MWC’s Tomas and Ryan, Foe was mixed by Ken Thomas – a coup for the band given his previous work with the likes of Sigur Ros and M83, two artists important to MWC’s aesthetic. The melody belies a darker sentiment behind the lyrics on King Complex – “You are a true parasite / And you’re the bane of my life” – Ryan concedes that “They are personal and bitter”. This contrast between melody and lyric is a common theme across their debut long player.