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M83 Shares Details of Upcoming Album

The "Epic" LP Will Feature Zola Jesus

Jun 06, 2011 M83 Bookmark and Share

In a recent interview with SPIN.com, Anthony Gonzalez of the French electronic act M83 divulged several tidbits about his upcoming, currently untitled LP. The band’s first release since 2008’s critical and commercial success, Saturdays=Youth, is reportedly very “pop”—but “epic,” or so Gonzalez swears. According to Gonzalez, the LP will be a double concept album “mainly about dreams,” so fans should most likely expect more dream pop rather than ambient electronica. And if you always hated M83, then get used it: Gonzalez told SPIN.com, “Anyone who loved M83 before, they’ll love this album even more. People that hated me, they’re going to hate this, too.”

Although the tracklist is still in the works—M83 just wrapped mixing two weeks ago—Gonzalez was able to reveal the several musical guests that joined him in the recording process, including the synth-driven goth singer/songwriter Zola Jesus, Brad Laner from Medicine, and Nine Inch Nails’ bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

“The track that Brad sings on is just gorgeous—he did incredible work on that. And Zola’s track is very orchestral and very big. It’s almost like a duet,” Gonzalez told SPIN.com.

Although he had extra help on vocals with his guest artists, Gonzalez claims that this latest record also displays improvement of his own singing: “This time, I feel more like a singer, even if I’m not a great singer. There’s so much improvement in my vocals. People will be surprised.”

An exact release date for the forthcoming “epic” double album has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to drop some time in October.

(via SPIN)


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