Track Review: m83 – Midnight City

According to Hype Machine, M83 completely dominated the blogosphere and took the #1 spot as “Most blogged about” throughout the entire internet yesterday. Why? Well, they gave away a song off of their upcoming 2-disc Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming record! It’s called “Midnight City” and here is what 2020k has to say about it: IT’S THE FIRST M83 SONG I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE AND IT’S EXTREMELY GOOD.

Now, I’d love to say the song is perfect, but the download is only offered at 160 kbps MP3, which means a lot of sound degrading, and since 2020k is a blog thrived upon the engineering, mixing, and mastering process of a song, we’ll save the actual review for when a lossless quality is released.

As for the actual composition and song structure that is featured on “Midnight City”? It’s flawless. Gorgeous bass, lots of gorgeous sounding synths, 80’s drum sounds, and spaced out sounding vocals. They all give way to a great Electronic nighttime summer anthem. And there is a saxophone part? How wonderful!

The best part of the track are all of the vocal layers. There are lots of them, they are dry, they are wet with reverb, they ooze vocoder, they spring delay and the main vocal yelp that provides one of the strongest melodies throughout the track is a standout.

Along with the release of this track and news of the record, the band has announced official North American tour dates. Venues and more information are available here.

Admittedly, I haven’t listened to much M83 in my lifetime. There’s far too many legendary acts in this world for me to possibly follow all of them, but after the release of “Midnight City” there is an eagerness inside to check out more of what they’re about. Have any suggestions? Tweet me, Facebook me, or leave a comment below!

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is due for release on October 18th, 2011 on Mute Records. Expect a review from us!

Download “Midnight City” for Free
[M83’s Official Website]

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1 Response to Track Review: m83 – Midnight City

  1. Chappy says:

    If you liked this check out Kim and Jessie and Graveyard Girl from Saturday=Youth. It’s their only other real pop songs. In saying that their damn good ones.

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