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The 15 Greatest M83 Songs

M83’s endearing tendency to go for the jugular every single time has allowed their entire catalogue to be easily lumped into a staggering pile of grandiosity.

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M83’s endearing tendency to go for the jugular every single time has allowed their entire catalogue to be easily lumped into a staggering pile of grandiosity. Yet, with over a decade of hyper-sensory dreamgaze to their credit, the diversity of their oeuvre is often overlooked. The group was originally formed in 2001 by Anthony Gonzalez and Nicholas Fromangeau, and their humble beginnings in big-beat sentimentality and introverted minimalism shifted dramatically with 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. While this masterful synthetic odyssey was the beginning of the end for Gonzalez and Fromangeau (Fromangeau would leave to spearhead Team Ghost, which is worth a spin for Dead Cities loyalists), Gonzalez evolved further with the sparkling neon space-gaze of 2005’s Before the Dawn Heals Us. The wistful Saturdays=Youth and the arena-shaking juggernaut Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming introduced M83 to the masses, but after several years of being out of print, the band’s first three albums were re-released on CD, vinyl, and digital download last week. Mute Records will also digitally release remix and B-sides collections for Dead Cities and Before the Dawn Heals Us on September 9th. To celebrate, we took a look back at M83’s catalogue and compiled a list of their very best tracks.

Editor’s Note: Listen to the entire M83 playlist on Spotify.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWBHSNDy04Q

15. “Cyborg.”

“Cyborg,” from 2003’s unnerving Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, is a mini tour de force of 16-bit innocence that morphs abruptly into a veritable shoegaze horror show of isolating feedback. Anthony Gonzalez and longtime collaborator Nicholas Fromangeau would part ways shortly after the release of the album, and “Cyborg” was the last time M83 would venture into such direct paranoia.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIY64norZqY

14. “Skin of the Night.”

Driven by guest singer and instrumentalist Morgan Kibby, “Skin of the Night,” from 2008’s Saturdays=Youth, is a serpentine, synth-driven siren song reminiscent of Treasure-era Cocteau Twins, only if Elizabeth Fraser were a lovelorn ghost haunting a downtown parking garage.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uudKrJ–BjE

13. “Moonchild.”

Whereas M83’s previous output dabbled in the possibly endless universe within us, the exhilarating “Moonchild,” from Before the Dawn Heals Us, immediately explodes that concept, blasting to the nether regions of the solar system via a relentless banshee wail of what sounds like the collision of every instrument in M83’s arsenal. For the first time, M83 was epic.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9dFc2UE57k

12. “I’m Happy She Said.”

A mournful organ and skittery electro hi-hat are countered by the warm optimism of a glockenspiel amid a flurry of aggressive breakbeats. Everything ultimately segues into silence only to be reborn moments later into the devolving static from whence it came. It’s all there, folks. The full experience: the poignant microcosm that is fleeting teenage love.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jaBEyMhCcA

11. “Intro.”

Guiding us into the reverie of M83’s conceptual vision, the intro to 2011’s double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, utilizes a gentle synth line periodically ignited by the unabashed yelps of Gonzalez himself. “Carry on, carry on,” he cries desperately into the ether. By the time Zola Jesus drops in for a cameo, “Intro” has already erupted into unforgettable stadium-rock heaven.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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