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Re: “How M83's Junk Pulls Past Pop into the Present

I caught on to M83 about a year after 'HU, WD' was released, thanks in part to their use in 'That's it, That's all' and 'The Art of Flight' soundtracks. 'Hurry up, we're dreaming' became the soundtrack of my summer in 2013 and hasn't fully left my regular rotations of albums.

When I first played through 'Junk', it felt like a huge departure from what I loved about HU,WD. I saw M83 live for the first time the next day, and they played a setlist mostly comprised of 'HU,WD' and 'Couleurs', with only two or three tracks from 'Junk'. I loved the show so much that I resolved myself to give 'Junk' a second chance, and it has really grown on me.

If the title and sophomore tracks didn't fully solidify the albums intended tone, 'Walkway Blues' firmly plants the the listener in Gonzalez' (audiophilic) vision. The track is a well-developed heart-break pop song, employing tonal throwbacks and dynamic effect-laden vocals. It's no secret that M83 has a penchant for nostalgia, and their appeal lies in part by bringing the audience along with complete efficacy. Pay attention to the fantastic use of saxophone throughout, which hits like a cool pineapple on a sweltering day.

I'm really impressed with this album, which remains M83 at its core, but isn't afraid to exploit some cliche to deliver the message. I would expect mixed reviews in the first year of its release, but over time expect 'Junk' to affix itself as with fans and critics another strong offering in the bands extensive catalog.

Please excuse me, I'm off to be a hooligan on my bike listening to 'Road Blaster'. As for my consensus on 'Junk', I give it 4.5 / 5 Ugly Shih-tzu's.

Posted by zipdoa on 06/10/2016 at 8:07 AM

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