French musician, M83, has been on our radar since he released his brilliant album, Saturday=Youth, in 2008. That, and every subsequent release, will take you on a journey through a sentimental and nostalgic land. In M83’s own words: ‘this is the most explicit celebration yet of how it feels to be dazed, confused and fifteen year old’, as haunting melodies are filled with overtones of Kate Bush, Human League and Boards Of Canada. These are the songs that inspire him, written in his own words.
By Andrea Caccese in Video on Thursday 11 October 2012
This passionate short movie was directed by Seattle-based film maker Isaiah Corey as a recollection of his long journey through Europe. 13 countries, 40 trains, 80 days. The soundtrack is Echoes of Mine by M83.
Team Ghost is the band formed by Nicolas Fromageau, a founding member of M83, alongside Anthony Gonzalez. After co-writing M83’s first two albums, M83 and the landmark Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts, he quit and left his native Antibes for Paris. Now he returns as Team Ghost, backed by multi-instrumentalist Christophe Guérin and producer/manager, Jean-Philippe Talaga (founder of Gooom Disques). It takes the M83 blueprint of electronica, shoegaze and cinematic, Eno-esque soundscapes and adds krautrock rhythms, the sleazy Suicide-like post-punk of JJ Burnel’s Euroman Cometh and the stark synth-pop of the French coldwave. [Read on below about the music that inspires Team Ghost, written in their own words]
This track by Lupe Fiasco is one of the better songs to come out of the Occupy Movement so far. It’s amazing that it’s cool to be political again and artists of all stripes are voicing their opinions.
Every once and a while, a video will come along that totally does justice to the song. And then there are those who elevate the song to a whole new level. This does both. M83’s Wait might be one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time.