M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

Potent shoegazing electronica from Antibes, France

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This is the second album from Frenchmen Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, and the follow-up to 2001’s self-titled debut is an intriguing creature. The pair are clearly influenced by the warped guitar and heady neo-psychedelia of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, but also nod towards the infantronica of Scotland’s Boards Of Canada on this fizzy collection of waves and drones. Individually their songs are impressive?”Birds” and “Unrecorded” sound like The Russian Futurists getting tearful, while the uptempo “0078h” is unbearably exciting?but after a while the gooey crescendos and relentless sentimentality bring on chronic e-motion sickness, confirming that you can indeed have too much of a good thing.

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