This album is a love letter to the 80s and early 90s. Think the mood of John Hughes films and the ambient pop sound of the shoegazer era and you’ll get pretty close.
As you’d probably guess, this is more derivative and familiar than Anthony Gonzalez’s past work as M83, which means it’s more accessible but also less innovative and original. All the dreamy, ethereal glitter drowns the songs; the album overall is mostly about texture and nostalgia.
Surprisingly, the least pop-based tracks stand out most. When Gonzalez attempts an impression of techno on Couleurs, its very lack of authenticity gives it some actual personality, whereas the Kate Bush-inspired Up! that follows sounds more like a second-rate copy made for a commercial that couldn’t afford the original.
M83 play the Mod Club, Friday (May 30).