M83’s Saturdays=Youth

M83’s Saturdays=Youth album is one of my favourites of recent years. But that spoken word bit in Graveyard Girl (despite being an amazing song in general), especially, “I’m 15 years old and I feel it’s already too late to live… don’t you?” grates so horribly against the rest of it.

The album is dreamy, epic and lovely enough to just about forgive the weird, clammy nature of that dialogue, but God damn. Every time, it interrupts the flow, like stumbling on a LiveJournal entry in the middle of an incredibly engrossing novel.

Still, there’s meant to be a new M83 record out this year, and here’s a quote about it:

“Very, very, very epic. Very orchestrated.. It’s silly to say, but I feel like this is going to be my best album – my most complete album. I’m turning 30 in December and I feel like I finally know what I’m doing. I’m a bit scared because Saturdays was a bit bright, and maybe people are expecting me to go even brighter on this…. this album is going to be closer to the work I did on Before the Dawn Heals Us because it’s going to be way more cinematic than Saturdays, which was like 10 pop songs. This album’s going to be very long with some spoken word interludes— very dreamy, powerful, intense. It’s more like I’m trying to make the soundtrack to an imaginary movie …I know that a lot of people are going to hate this and say it’s so over-the-top and over-produced, but it’s what I like to do.”

Source: Drowned in Sound

Long, epic, cinematic, dreamy, orchestrated, more like Before the Dawn Heals Us – all good things.

‘Some spoken word interludes’? That has me bracing myself somewhat.