M83 (band)

M83 (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = M83

Img_capt = M83 at "Pully for noise" festival
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Origin = Antibes, France
Genre = Shoegaze Electronica
Years_active = 2001–present
Label = Gooom Disques
Mute Records

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URL = [http://www.ilovem83.com/ Official site]
Current_members = Anthony Gonzalez
Past_members = Nicolas Fromageau

M83 is an electronic music group consisting of Anthony Gonzalez (and formerly Nicolas Fromageau), and was formed in Antibes, France in 2001. The name M83 is picked from the galaxy of the same name. The musical style owes something to the shoegazing genre in its extensive use of reverb effects and lyrics spoken softly over loud instrumentals, though M83's songs employ considerably less guitar than most shoegazing bands such as My Bloody Valentine. For the third album released by M83, "Before the Dawn Heals Us", Gonzalez decided to part from Fromageau (after an emotionally distressing tour for "Dead Cities") and record mainly on his own, with the help of a few other musicians.

ongs and album history

M83's song "Unrecorded" from "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts" was used in the trailer for the international release of the Russian movie "Night Watch", and the track "Teen Angst", taken from "Before the Dawn Heals Us", appears on the trailer for the film adaptation of "A Scanner Darkly". Some of M83's tracks were featured in several Top Gear episodes, including "Unrecorded" (series 3, episode 2; and series 4, episode 5), "Cyborg" (series 3, episode 5) and most notably, "Moonchild" (series 6, episode 6; series 7, episode 3; and series 7, episode 7). M83's "Don't Save us From the Flames", which, ironically, is about a car crash, was also featured in a Pontiac commercial. Cyann & Ben's cover of "In Church" was featured in the 2006 film "Stranger than Fiction".

M83 produced the remix of the track "Pioneers" on British group Bloc Party's 2005 album "Silent Alarm Remixed". They have also remixed Placebo's "Protège-Moi", Goldfrapp's "Black Cherry", Depeche Mode's "Suffer Well" and Bumblebeez 81's "Vila Attack". Similarly, M83's songs have been remixed by Gooom labelmates Montag and Cyann & Ben.

In 2005, M83 also reissued their 2001 self-titled album. This was made available in the United States, unlike the 2001 release.

In 2006, after the "Before the Dawn Heals Us" US tour, Anthony Gonzalez continued to explore a musical direction already heard on earlier M83 tracks and began writing and recording a collection of ambient works. The album was recorded primarily at his home studio with the assistance of Antoine Gaillet. The resulting project is called "Digital Shades Volume 1" and was released on September 3, 2007. It is intended to be part of an ongoing series of ambient works.

"Saturdays = Youth", M83's fifth studio album was released on April 15, 2008 on Mute Records. It was recorded with Ken Thomas (known for his work with Sigur Rós, The Sugarcubes, Boys in a Band, Cocteau Twins and Suede), Ewan Pearson (who has also produced for Tracey Thorn, The Rapture and Ladytron) and Morgan Kibby (of The Romanovs, and Morgan and the Hidden Hands). The album is said to deliver the rich sonic textures for which M83 is well known, but with a more focused approach to song structure and form. "Couleurs" was the first single from the new album, released to digital retailers on February 25 2008. The album's second single, "Graveyard Girl," was released to digital retailers on April 8 2008 and comes with an exclusive remix from Yuksek.



*"M83" (2001)
*"Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts" (2003)
*"Before the Dawn Heals Us" (2005)
*"Digital Shades Volume 1" (2007)
*"Saturdays = Youth" (2008)


*"Slowly / Sitting" (2002)
*"Run Into Flowers" (2003)
*"0078h" (2003)
*"America" (2004)
*"A Guitar and a Heart / Safe" (2004)
*"Don't Save Us From the Flames" (2005)
*"Teen Angst" (2005)
*"Couleurs" (2008)
*"Graveyard Girl" (2008)
*"Kim & Jessie" (2008)
*"Leander & the cavemen" (2008)


*Steve & Rob - "Wallis & Futuna (M83 Remix)" (2000)
*Kids Indestructible - "Trans-Pennine Express (Remixed by M83)" (2003)
*Goldfrapp - "Black Cherry (M83 Remix)" (2004)
*Abstrackt Keal Agram - "Jason Lytle (M83 Version)" (2004)
*Placebo - "Protège Moi (M83 Remix)" (2004)
*Bumblebeez 81 - "Vila Attack (Remixed By M83)" (2004)
*Bloc Party - "The Pioneers (M83 Remix)" (2005)
*Telex - "How Do You Dance (M83 Remix)" (2006)
*Depeche Mode - "Suffer Well (M83 Remix)" (2006)
*Fortune - "Mission (M83 Remix)" (2007)
*Midnight Juggernauts - "Shadows (M83 Remix)" (2008)
*Maps - "To The Sky (M83 Remix)" (2008)

Other Appearances

*In 2007, the track "Be Wild" from "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts", was used as an introduction by the band Deftones in their shows.
*In 2006 and 2007, Snow Patrol used "Teen Angst" from "Before the Dawn Heals Us", as one of their concert intros on the Eyes Open tour.
*In 2006, the movie Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell, used "In Church [Cyann & Ben Version] " from "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts", as background music during an emotional scene between Harold (Will) and Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal) later in the movie.
*The track "Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun" appears during the intro sequence of Fully Flared by Lakai Limited Footwear
*The track "Car Chase Terror!" appears during the intro sequence of Chris Haslam's part in 'Momentum Por Favor' by Momentum Wheel co.
*In the trailer for A Scanner Darkly, the song "Teen Angst" is played.
*A small section of the track "America" is used during a time lapse sequence of Salt Lake City, UT in the ski film Teddy Bear Crisis.
*In the first episode of the series 11 of Top Gear, "A Guitar and A Heart" appears shortly after the Ferrari runs out of petrol during the fuel economy tip sequence.
*During the Top Gear McLaren vs Boat race, "Moonchild" plays during sweeping shots of Jeremy Clarkson crossing the Oresund Bridge in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.



External links

* [http://www.ilovem83.com/ I Love M83] (official site)
* [http://www.webcutsmusic.com/news44.html Interview (March 2008)] from Webcuts

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