Monday, August 30, 2010

On my I-pod: M83

M83 is a dream-pop band that is based in France. The band members consists of Anthony Gonzales, with occasional guest members such as Morgan Kibby, who provides vocals. Whenever I blast one of their songs, I always feel like I'm in a dream. M83's songs have gorgeous lyrics and beats or melodies that are out of this world. So instead of me just ranting about how much I love M83, so lets just break down... a countdown on celebrating the best of M83 from each of their albums.


1) Best Vocals- "Skin of The Night", Saturdays=Youth.
"Skin of The Night", sung by Morgan Kibby haunts you with her whispering vocals and later scares you with hitting the lovely high notes. The celestial voice takes you away into this unknown world, and you feel that you are dreaming. With chilling lyrics, this song has to be sung well, and Morgan Kibby nailed this number.


2) Best Lyrics- "Moonchild", Before The Dawn Heals Us
"Moonchild", lyrics written by Anthony and Yann Gonzales opens up a person's eye and tells and lovely story. One of the shortest lyrics for this song, but it captures a heartfelt story. Also when it says "....Raise your arms the highest you can, and the whole universe will glow." This is inspiring to me, I just find it sweet in a way, its hard to describe.


3) Best Unique Song- "Car Chase Terror", Before The Dawn Heals Us.
"Car Chase Terror", probably one of the most chilling, creepy, and unusual songs that I have heard in a while. First of it's doesn't sound like a normal song, it just sounds like an audio taping with a catchy synths. "Car Chase Terror" tells a story about how a daughter and her mom are in a car chase (hence the song name) with this horrific man out to get them. The best part about this song, is in the ending where the daughter says "Mommy, it was only, mommy . . .He was there, he was just there . . .Mommy!?". So no one knows what really happened at the end. You never really listen to songs that have cliffhangers, like books and movies, but M83 tested the waters and this song turned out to be quite a masterpiece.


4) Best Use of Piano- "You Appearing", Saturdays=Youth
The piano, is such a lovely instrument, you can have the ability to change the mood of how you play the piano. "You appearing" composed by Anthony and Yann Gonzales, is probably the best song with amazing piano background. Yet the piano music gets distracted by the dream pop synths beat, but the piano seems to managed. Talking about the beginning of the song, I've never heard a piano sound so "deep" in a sense that I feel moved, I feel touched by this song. And I feel sad. What's great about this song is when the piano plays you develop deep thoughts. I think they're are two types of songs: fun songs and serious songs. "You Appearing" is a serious song.


Check out the lyrics of.... "We Own The Sky", Saturdays=Youth
Each shade of blue
Is kept in our eyes
Keep blowing and lightning
Because we own the sky

Secrets from the winds
Burnt stars crying

Soft soft or cruel
Can't we change our minds?
We kill what we build
Because we own the sky

Secrets from the winds
Burnt stars crying
So many moons here 
Lost wings floating

It's coming, it's coming on!
It's coming, it's coming on!
What's coming? 
What's coming now?
What's coming? 
What's coming now?

It's coming from the sky
It's coming from the wind 



What I love about M83's lyrics, is that there songs don't sound like normal songs, they sound like, the vocalist is reading a dreamy poem, which I think artist should write more similar to M83. Thanks so much and I will see you next time
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