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The sixth record by electro-pop act M83 is kinetic, jarring and ethereal — a double album set in the dreams of a brother and sister, exuberant because it’s not limited to confines of consciousness, but felled slightly by its own scope. M83 leader Anthony Gonzalez seems to have cherry-picked from his own id, carefully compiling the best elements of his past albums: the knotty experimentalism of their 2000 self-titled debut (in which the song titles, memorably, revealed a short story), the beautifully downtrodden fuzz of sophomore album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts and the buoyant new wave of 2008′s Saturdays=Youth.
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is gorgeous because of its careful balance; each vocal keen and keyboard percolation fits into the larger thrum of grandiose synth swells and lightly-plucked guitar — they’re interlocked, intuitive moments that move the melodies forward unpredictably. Zola Jesus sets the tone in “Intro,” fervently howling over a beautiful, wildly-shifting orchestral-pop landscape; she ushers in the entire album and also, more specifically, the brother’s narrative. His fantasies are set inside whimsical, loosely cohesive tracks: a child’s earnest narrative about a magical frog unspools over a binary, Brian Eno-like backdrop. “This Bright Flash” sets frantic… read more »