M83 Soundtracks His Imaginary World on 'Dreaming'

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In an interview with Urban Outfitters to accompany the release of his latest double album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83's Anthony Gonzalez noted that he had "always been fascinated with double albums since I was a teenager" before name-dropping Smashing Pumpkins' sprawling 1995 alt-rock classic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It's no surprise that Gonzalez would reference an album he first heard at the age of 14, as the French singer's electronic dream-pop project continues to (re)capture the nostalgic feeling of youth and carefree living on their latest album.

"For me, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is this soundtrack to an imaginary world in this imaginary movie," Gonzalez said. Featuring guest appearances by Zola Jesus, Medicine's Brad Laner and producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen's 5-year-old daughter, Dreaming amps up the both the band's instrumentation and synth-rock aspirations, making Gonzalez's mental film more Velvet Goldmine than The Virgin Suicides. His trademark "Calgon, take me away" atmospherics remain at the forefront of the sound, yet a double-album means more expansiveness, more grandiosity and more ambitious, rock-influenced ideas that highlighted Saturdays = Youth. [Stream Hurry Up, We're Dreaming here.]