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M83 Announces New Album Inspired by Early Video Game Soundtracks

DSVII Due Out September 20 via Mute

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M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) has announced a new album, DSVII, which is the sequel to 2007’s ambient music album Digital Shades Vol. 1. DSVII is inspired by early video game soundtracks, the music from ‘80s sci-fi/fantasy films, and the work of Brian Eno, Suzanne Ciani, Mort Garson, and John Carpenter. The album is due out September 20 via Mute. Check out the album’s tracklist and cover art below.

DSVII was recorded using only analog equipment in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018. It was put together at both Gonzalez’s Los Angeles studio and the Glendale, California studio of Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails, Beck).

Gonzalez had this to say about the album in a press release: “During the summer of 2017, I spent five months in Cap d’Antibes, France. I mainly spent my time swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, reading, watching films and playing ‘80s video games. The inspiration behind this record is mainly video game music. It felt so refreshing to play all of these old school games again. There is something so naive and touching about them. It’s simple and imperfect. And this is exactly what I tried to achieve with DSVII.”

M83’s last full-on studio album was Junk, which was our fourth favorite album of 2016. We posted two reviews of Junk, one mixed and one rave. Also read our 2016 in-depth cover story on M83.

Although back in March M83 released the soundtrack for the film Knife + Heart, a movie directed by Gonzalez’s brother, Yann Gonzalez. Knife + Heart found Anthony Gonzalez collaborating with original M83 member Nicolas Fromageau for the first time since M83’s first two full-length releases, 2001’s self-titled studio and 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.

DSVII Tracklist:

1. Hell Riders
2. A Bit of Sweetness
3. Goodbye Captain Lee
4. Colonies
5. Meet The Friends
6. Feelings
7. A Word of Wisdom
8. Lune De Fiel
9. Jeux D’Enfants
10. A Taste of the Dusk
11. Lunar Son
12. Oh Yes You’re There, Everyday
13. Mirage
14. Taifun Glory
15. Temple of Sorrow

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