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M83 By Barney Khan

22 February 2012
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Anthony Gonzales’ M83 project (named after spiral galaxy Messier 8) storms into tracks from latest creation ‘Hurry Up We’re Dreaming’. It translates live with a surprisingly stadium edge as they progress into increasingly dancefloor-orientated synth-pop. This fuels the audience’s groove-ridden swagger, coaxing the indie teens to bounce and thrash. The atmosphere mellows in the middle as older tracks from ‘Before The Dawn Heals Us’ harmonise with more contemporary beat-driven songs such as ‘Reunion’ and ‘Wait’.

The whoops, cheers and compliments for vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibbie are finally drowned out by the huge sonic land-scape of ‘Midnight City’, where the final moments of angelic, saxophone-reinforced electronica play in purposeful contrast to the chilled home listening of Gonzales’ back catalogue. Indeed, as the last cheers fade, the crowd clears to reveal scattered beer cans, hair ties and a hot, sweaty aftermath none would have predicted from the dreamy shoe-
gaze of their studio works.

TAGS: BIG 3 / BRISTOL / GIG 3 / M83

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