M83 is an electronic/dream pop act by French musician Anthony Gonzalez. It is named after a spiral galaxy, Messier 83. The band was founded in 2001 by Gonzalez and former member Nicolas Fromageau in Antibes. The musical style of M83 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. Gonzalez and Fromageau parted ways shortly after touring for their sophomore album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, and now Gonzalez records mainly on his own, often with the help of his brother Yann Gonzalez, vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby, guitarist/bassist Pierre-Marie Maulini, and drummer Loïc Maurin.
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In spring 2001, M83 released their self-titled debut album. The album's release didn't span much further than Europe until September 2005, when Mute Records reissued the album for a worldwide release. M83's second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts followed in spring 2003 (and summer 2004 in North America) to widespread critical acclaim. After worldwide touring for Dead Cities resumed, Nicolas Fromageau left the band. Gonzalez returned to the studio to record the third studio album Before the Dawn Heals Us, which was released in January 2005. The same year, M83 provided a remix of "The Pioneers" by Bloc Party, which was also included on Bloc Party's remix album Silent Alarm Remixed. M83 has 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 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 Vol. 1 and was released in September 2007 with a sleeve illustrated by Laurent Fetis (known for his work with DJ Hell, Beck, and Tahiti 80). It is intended to be part of an ongoing series of ambient works.
Saturdays = Youth, M83's fifth studio album, was released in April 2008. 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). The album features a more focused approach to song structure and form, and Gonzalez stated that the main influence of the album came from music of the 1980s: "I think that 80s music is such a brilliant period for music history. It was the occasion for me to do a tribute to this 80s music, but also a tribute to my teenage years. Because the main theme of the album is being a teenager, and being a teenager means a lot to me." Four singles were released from the album: "Couleurs" in February 2008, "Graveyard Girl" in April, "Kim & Jessie" in July, and "We Own the Sky" in December. M83 also appeared on a limited edition split 7" single with Maps in 2008; M83 remixed Maps' "To the Sky," while Maps provided a remix of M83's "We Own the Sky."
In December 2008, M83 supported Kings of Leon on their UK tour. In January and February 2009, M83 supported The Killers across United States tour dates, and toured with Depeche Mode on their stadium Tour of the Universe in Italy, Germany and France. In July, M83 appeared at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.
M83 (April 2001)
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (April 2003)
Before the Dawn Heals Us (January 2005)
Digital Shades Vol. 1 (September 2007)
Saturdays = Youth (April 2008)
"Run into Flowers" (July 2003)
"0078h" (December 2003)
"America" (May 2004)
"A Guitar and a Heart"/"Safe" (November 2004)
"Don't Save Us from the Flames" (February 2005)
"Teen Angst" (May 2005)
"Couleurs" (February 2008)
"Graveyard Girl" (April 2008)
"Kim & Jessie" (July 2008)
"We Own the Sky" (December 2008)
Steve & Rob "Wallis & Futuna" (2000)
Kids Indestructible "Trans-Pennine Express" (2003)
Goldfrapp "Black Cherry" (2004)
Abstrackt Keal Agram "Jason Lytle" (2004)
Placebo "Protège Moi" (2004)
Bumblebeez 81 "Vila Attack" (2004)
Bloc Party "The Pioneers" (2005)
Telex "How Do You Dance" (2006)
Depeche Mode "Suffer Well" (2006)
Fortune "Mission" (2007)
Midnight Juggernauts "Shadows" (2008)
Maps "To the Sky" (2008)
Van She "Kelly" (2008)
Fires of Rome "Set in Stone" (2008)
White Lies "Nothing to Give" (2009)