Single Review – M83 -Solitude

Anthony Gonzalez’s ambient electronic collective have released a six minute single in ‘Solitude’ from their upcoming April 8th album Junk. This track is a piano ballad with sweeping strings and that has echoed vocals sifting though the grand instrumentation . Atop this is whirring synthetica at certain intervals to produce a track that seems quite at home in the mid 70’s. In general it seems to be taking inspiration from Daft Punk’s foray into that era in 2013 albeit a little more extrapolated. The track is indeed graceful but they are yet to make a statement with this album.

Owen Riddle

Single Review – M83 – Do It, Try It

The French electronic collective led by Anthony Gonzalez and hailing from Antibes have returned with details of their Seventh studio album Junk which is expected on April 8th. The album is expected to take a less ambient-driven tone and instead have a greater dance influence. The first single ‘Do It, Try It’ confirms this with echoed and sprung piano chords arranged to form a hook. From this foundation stretch more distorted electronic melodies, wiry synth chords and bass manipulated piano chords. The track has that matured dance feel to it and has several quirks of production to it. It is well produced, but there is little engagement with the track beyond that and it is often disjointed in its progression. Hopefully more tangible sounds will emerge.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

This Weeks Music Video with Jean-Michel Jarre & M83, Son Lux, Mogwai and Tinashe

This Week’s Music Video with Interpol, The Raveonettes, Ryan Adams. SBTRKT, M83 and Antlers

This Week’s Music Video with Coldplay, Haim feat A$AP Ferg, The War On Drugs and M83

Coldplay – True Love


Haim feat. A$AP Ferg – My Song 5


The War On Drugs – Under The Pressure


M83 – Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun

Single Review – The Killers – Shot At The Night

The Las Vegas group have been around for pretty much a decade now and that’s usually a good time for a reflection and a retrospective on those ten years which have had generally been pretty good for The Killers. No jaw dropping innovation and some questionable moments during that time but they’ve became one of the biggest bands in the world at that time and that’s because they know how to churn out anthems with sing-a-long quality, instant hooks and a lot of melody. Simple yet effective rock-pop. The Greatest Hits album is called Direct Hits and they’ve had a hand from M83 for their new track ‘Shot At The Night’. It’s got the retro synths and dance beats along with the echoed percussion which makes it effectively sound like an straight up 80’s pop song through the eyes of a 21st Century group. They do it well to the best it can be done though and for a bonus track on a Greatest Hits album its not going to be anything spectacular and it fits nicely with all their other past tracks so in that sense just enjoy it if you are a Killers fan because its for you.

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