posted by April 14 at 8:55 AMon
Saturday was the first day of spring. Ignore the gray, hanging drizzle outside right now. On Saturday night, the air was t-shirt warm, and a high school prom was coming in to use the EMP for their reception as the Pop Conference was letting out. Kids in white tuxes and flower-colored gowns were posing for pictures in front of their cars. If being a teenager was as cool as it looked in the movies, their last, crush-fulfilling slow dance of the night would’ve been to something from the new M83, Saturdays=Youth. M83 have gone from vague cinema scoring to straight-up John Hughes montage music (see the Pretty in Pink doppleganger on the album cover), sounding a little like Psychedelic Furs crossed with Air (who, of course, have done their own dreamy teenage soundtrack work). This album is killing me right now, and my favorite song is currently the swooning, shoegazing power ballad “Kim & Jessie” (“Kids of the woods / they’re crazy ‘bout romance and illusions”).
There’s an unofficial video up on Youtube, set to (guh) Donnie Darko. Don’t look, just listen. The album comes out tomorrow. M83 plays Neumo’s on Sunday, May 25th, if you’re not going to Sasquatch.