M83 is an electronica act comprised of French musician Anthony Gonzalez. The band was founded in 2001 by Gonzalez and former member Nicolas Fromageau in Antibes. The musical style owes something to the shoegazing genre in its extensive use of reverb effects and lyrics spoken softly over loud instrumentals, though M83's songs employ considerably less guitar than most shoegazing bands. For the third album released by M83, Before the Dawn Heals Us, Gonzalez decided to part from Fromageau (after an emotionally distressing tour for Dead Cities) and record mainly on his own, with the help of a few other musicians.
Songs and album history
M83 produced the remix of the track "Pioneers" on British group Bloc Party's 2005 album Silent Alarm Remixed. They have also remixed Placebo's "Protège-Moi", Goldfrapp's "Black Cherry", Depeche Mode's "Suffer Well" and Bumblebeez 81's "Vila Attack". Similarly, M83's songs have been remixed by Gooom labelmates Montag and Cyann & Ben.
In 2005, M83 reissued their 2001 self-titled album. This was made available in the United States, unlike the 2001 release.
In 2006, after the Before the Dawn Heals Us US tour, Anthony Gonzalez continued to explore a musical direction already heard on earlier M83 tracks and began writing and recording a collection of ambient works. The album was recorded primarily at his home studio with the assistance of Antoine Gaillet. The resulting project is called Digital Shades Volume 1 and was released on September 3, 2007 with a sleeve illustrated by Laurent Fetis (known for his work with DJ Hell, Beck, and Tahiti 80). It is intended to be part of an ongoing series of ambient works.
Saturdays = Youth, M83's fifth studio album was released on April 15, 2008 on Mute Records. It was recorded with 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) The album is said to deliver the rich sonic textures for which M83 is well known, but with a more focused approach to song structure and form. "Couleurs" was the first single from the new album, released to digital retailers on February 25, 2008. The album's second single, "Graveyard Girl," was released to digital retailers on April 8, 2008 and comes with an exclusive remix from Yuksek.
In 2008, they supported Kings of Leon on their UK tour. In 2009, they will support Depeche Mode in their stadium "Tour of the Universe" in April / May / June in Italy, Germany and France. and they will tour with The Killers and play the V Festival tour around Australia.
They are on the set list for Fuji Rock Festival, Japan, 2009.
- M83 (2001)
- Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)
- Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005)
- Digital Shades Volume 1 (2007)
- Saturdays = Youth (2008)
- "Slowly / Sitting" (2002)
- "Run into Flowers" (2003)
- "0078h" (2004)
- "America" (2004)
- "A Guitar and a Heart / Safe" (2004)
- "Don't Save Us from the Flames" (2005)
- "Teen Angst" (2005)
- "Couleurs" (2008)
- "Graveyard Girl" (2008)
- "Kim & Jessie" (2008)
- "We Own the Sky" (2008)
- Steve & Rob - "Wallis & Futuna" (2000)
- Kids Indestructible - "Trans-Pennine Express" (2003)
- Goldfrapp - "Black Cherry" (2004)
- Abstrackt Keal Agram - "Jason Lytle" (2004)
- Placebo - "Protège Moi" (2004)
- Bumblebeez 81 - "Vila Attack" (2004)
- Bloc Party - "The Pioneers" (2005)
- Telex - "How Do You Dance" (2006)
- Depeche Mode - "Suffer Well" (2006)
- Fortune - "Mission" (2007)
- Midnight Juggernauts - "Shadows" (2008)
- Maps - "To The Sky" (2008)
- Van She - "Kelly" (2008)
- Fires of Rome - "Set in Stone" (2008)
- White Lies - "Nothing to Give" (2009)
M83 music on films and TV
- "In Church [Cyann & Ben Version]" from Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, in Stranger Than Fiction, during an emotional scene between Harold (Will) and Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal) later in the movie.
- "Teen Angst" in the trailer for A Scanner Darkly & British Channel 4 series Sugar Rush.
- "Unrecorded" on series 3, episode 2; and series 4, and episode 5 of Top Gear; "Cyborg" on series 3, episode 5. "Moonchild" on series 6, episode 6; series 7, episode 3; and series 7, episode 7. "A Guitar and A Heart" on the first episode of the series 11, shortly after the Ferrari runs out of petrol during the fuel economy tip sequence. "Moonchild", 'the McLaren vs Boat race', during sweeping shots of Jeremy Clarkson crossing the Oresund Bridge in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. "*" from Before the Dawn Heals Us on (S11E03), during Clarksons review of the Bentley Brooklands Coupe; Let Men Burn Stars is used when introducing the Nissan GT-R in the Japan Race film (S11E04); the song Couleurs is used at the start of the economy race from Basel to Blackpool (S12E04) and "Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun" during several shots from the Vietnam Special (S12E08).
- "Unrecorded" from Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts in the trailer for the international release of the Russian movie Night Watch
- "We Own the Sky" from Saturdays=Youth and "Moonchild" from Before the Dawn Heals Us in the 2008 movie "That's It, That's All" starring snowboarder Travis Rice.
- "Lower Your Eyelids and Die with the Sun" from the album Before the Dawn Heals Us was used for the credits on Britney Spears' 2008 documentary, Britney: For the Record.
- "Lower Your Eyelids and Die with the Sun" was used as the opening song for the 2007 skateboarding film Fully Flared for Lakai Shoes by Girl Films.
- "Graveyard Girl" from Saturdays = Youth was used in a commercial for the British teen drama Skins.
- The song entitled 'Gone' was used in the trailer for British drama trilogy Red Riding, which can be seen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL3qypfj8DY
- "Kim & Jessie" was used by the British channel E4 in an advertisement for American TV series 90210
- The song "We own the sky" is playing in the background of a trailer for a new snowboard game called Stoked. The trailer is called "Mountains in stoked" showing of the mountains in the game.
- "Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun" was used as the background music for the first advertisement for the Palm Pre smartphone.
- A remix of "Don't save us from the flames" by Superpitcher is heard throughout the sex scene in the movie Donkey Punch.
- M83 also performed live on Last Call with Carson Daly on March 9, 2009
Biography from Wikipedia