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Monday, April 14, 2008


posted by on April 14 at 8:55 AM


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.

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'kim & jessie' is my jam too. that buried synthesizer line in the chorus is infectious, like tears for fears run through slowdive's pedal board. it's maybe my favorite m83 track, arguably better than 'run into flowers'.

Posted by cosby | April 14, 2008 9:18 AM

Wow. This is make-out music to giggle to. I'm very impressed! And they're playing 3 days before my birthday. Cool.

Posted by godsactionfigure | April 14, 2008 11:27 AM

Fits, come on and come clean. You were wearing a white tux too. I thought it was a bit much. Now you're blaming it on these kids.

Posted by trent moorman | April 14, 2008 12:51 PM

I've been meaning to import this CD for weeks. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by josh | April 14, 2008 1:52 PM

They sound like Pitty Sing. What ever happened to that band?

Posted by maggie | April 15, 2008 7:20 PM

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