Recently, it was announced that M83 had plans to release new music in 2016. A tweet from producer J. Meldal-Johnsen now confirms that the band’s next record “is now finished.”
Meldal-Johnsen produced M83’s previous album, 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. He says he’s “very happy” with its follow-up.
In an interview with EW.com, M83’s Anthony Gonzalez said that the album was strong and eclectic. “It’s very epic. There’s a lot of different genres that are not supposed to live together but I tried to make them live together, which is quite challenging. It’s also quite different from the previous albums which is what I’m the most proud of.”
The album hass “a lot of classic drum sounds, with bass and drinks, an Elk synth,” he explained, “I felt like we really tried to be very modern but also very old-school at the same time.” He said that frequent vocalist Morgan Kibby does not make an appearance on the album, but there are many “unexpected guests.” He said also that the lyrics take inspiration from 1970s and ’80s television. “Shows like Punky Brewster and Who’s the Boss,” he discussed. “I feel like TV shows are starting to sound and look the same. There’s no more passion anymore. So this album is a tribute to those old-fashioned shows.”
M83 have begun scheduling tour dates in support of the album. See the current list of shows below.
M83 2016 Tour Dates:
06/16-19 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
07/07-09 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
07/07-09 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
08/10-17 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/11-13 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/12-14 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival