M83 on KCRW (5/19/08)

Posted on Wednesday 11 June 2008

M83 on KCRW
Last month M83 performed live with Southern California “edgey” and “eclectic” music stalwart Nic Harcourt on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The performance, surprisingly well-mixed for a live radio recording, reinforces Anthony Gonzalez’s return to his shoegazer roots. The five tracks selected, four off the new album, Saturdays = Youth, released April 15th on Mute Records and one off the 2005 release Before Dawn Heals Us, blend almost seamlessly. Recording credits for the recent release go to Ken Thomas (known for his work with Sigur Rós, The Sugarcubes, Boys in a Band, Cocteau Twins and Suede), Ewan Pearson (who has also produced for Tracey Thorn, The Rapture and Ladytron) and Morgan Kibby (of The Romanovs, and Morgan and the Hidden Hands).

The tracks are a nice compilation of the best material since Nicolas Fromageau left the band after the stunning 2003 release Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Arguably, Gonzalez has not been able to match that finally crafted sophmore release, but this collection has certainly come close.

: 01 Kim & Jessie :
: 02 Graveyard Girl :
: 03 Skin Of The Night :
: 04 Don’t Save Us From The Flames :
: 05 Coleurs :

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1 Comment for 'M83 on KCRW (5/19/08)'

    jon steele
    25 June 2008 | 12:02 pm

    driving to a film studio in los angeles to cut a teaser to a documentary film. spent three months in iraq with a usa combat unit called the baker boys. feeling completely fucked and tired. had no idea how to begin the edit. the radio on to kcrw. harcourt announces m83 doing a live set. they kick into ‘kim and jessie’. had to pull over an the side of the road and listen, couldn’t move. was an astounding moment in live radio…by the time the got to ‘skin of the night’, my head was clear. cruised the rest of the way to the studio through the rest of the set. edited 25 minutes of the film in three days. was like magic. thanx for the boost.

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