Anthony Gonzalez was either born twenty years too late or ten years too early. He's been the force behind M83's synth-and-shoegaze symphonies for more than a decade, and his reverence for the sounds and production styles of the 1980s has taken root with a seemingly boundless crop of young bands. Thankfully, Gonzalez has been doing it better and longer than most, and that bounty shows on last year's LP Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Airy keyboards, slapped bass, gated reverb and the occasional id-empowering saxophone solo all pop up, and while every double album has some fluff, M83 shows a wealth of ideas springing from a narrow but fertile strand of pop music.
Midnight All the Time: Hurry Up's lead single "Midnight City" has approached a certain level of ubiquity, appearing in dance clubs, hockey rinks and an ad for a French right-wing group, the latter of which was met with Gonzalez's swift admonishment.>