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M83's 'epic' album is out soon

18 Dec 2015

Music gossip

M83 have finished their "epic" new album. The electronic group's frontman Anthony Gonzalez has confirmed that the 'Midnight City' hitmakers are finally back with new material and this record - which follows their 2011 hit LP 'Hurry Up, We're…

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

20 Jan 20142 stars

Fredrik Bond's Romanian-set thriller is a pretentious mess, starring Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf is rarely out of the headlines at the moment, whether it’s being caught for plagiarising a Daniel Clowes short story and skywriting his apology, sending pictures of his penis to Lars Von Trier for the forthcoming Nymphomaniac, or refusing…


10 Apr 20133 stars

Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi outing is visually splendid but features overfamiliar plotting

His first sci-fi since Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, there is a queasy sense of familiarity with Tom Cruise’s new film, Oblivion. It hardly helps that his character, a cocky blue-collar repairman, is named Jack Harper – which sounds uncannily…

Five cover versions of Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know’

21 Feb 2012

Versions taking in disco, house remix and an M83 mashup

The Walk off the Earth is pretty faithful to the original, but played by four deadpan guys and one girl from Ontario on one much-groped guitar. The Loot & Plunder remix delivers a full-on disco treatment from the Adelaide DJ duo, complete with an…

M83 - The Arches, Thu 19 Jan

3 Feb 20122 stars

Revered French electro act let down by bad sound

The problem with eagerly anticipating a show for any great length of time is that you always leave yourself open to disappointment if things don’t live up to your expectations, such is the way with live music. Sold out weeks in advance, M83’s…

M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming combines ambient roots with pop sensibilities

6 Jan 2012

We reassess the albumprior to Frenchman's upcoming UK tour

The Associates’ Alan Rankine once opined that the best way to make an album is to ‘start with a climax, then go further.’ It’s a maxim that Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez – an Antibes-born, LA-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an idiosyncratic…

M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

19 Oct 20113 stars

Strong album watered-down by weaker tracks leads to 'spine-tingle fatigue'

(Naïve) French dream-pop auteur Anthony Gonzalez’s last album, 2008’s magnificent Saturdays I Youth, well deserved this double-album follow-up, which came trailered by a triumphant teaser video – all flowers in bloom, jets in flight and misty city…

M83 and Jens Lekman among highlights of August singles and downloads

10 Aug 2011

Wynter Gordon, Toddla T and How To Swim also feature

Music must mostly be on its holidays considering how light the singles bag is this month, but in the pursuit of assessing shortplayers The List does not rest, just don’t blame us if we’re grouchy. That means you, Hard-Fi. Why must you offend us so with…

M83 - Saturdays=Youth

20 Jan 20093 stars

ELECTRONIC/DREAMPOP (EMI) As special guests on the UK tour of Kings of Leon and support act for The Killers US Tour, M83 have felt it appropriate to re-release their album which was met with critical acclaim first time round but little in the way of…