CD Review – M83 “Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts”

Another year, another original band gone by unnoticed. M83, the latest electro-garde phenomenon to come out of France, released its debut album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts in Europe but not in the United States. The pair echoes their marginalized status in “the industry” by naming their band after a far-off constellation near the edge of the universe. “Birds” introduces the album as a seemingly broken machine sings in monotone: “Sun is shining / Birds are singing / Flowers are growing / Clouds are raining / And I am flying.” “Run Into Flowers” is a great candidate for a single that will never get played on American radio and continues the clashing theme of the organic and the electronic. At best, Dead Cities will garner attention from esoteric DJs, another notch on the list of “who likes the best obscure album.”

— Harold Valentine