M83 began in the southern French town of Antibes around the turn of the millennium as a duo, Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau. Equally indebted to the 4AD/My Bloody Valentine school of blissed-out, psychedelicized noise and to the chilled atmospheric sides of Paris and Berlin's electronic scenes, M83's self-titled debut and its 2003 follow-up, Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts, captured the tragedy and ascension of the post-9/11 moment. Befitting a group named after a universe, it was not small music, it did not back down from feelings and it could rock a dance floor without mocking rockers or dancers. Fromageau exited ahead of '05's Before the Dawn Heals Us, yet as titles like "Teen Angst" and "Don't Save Us from the Flames" may imply, M83 retained the sound and fury of a sonic battleground, youthful vigor and knowing hopelessness exploding and receding. A limited-edition EP of ambient sculptures called Digital Shades [Vol. 1] saw Gonzalez achieve an ambient calm. And when he re-entered the breach, '08's Saturdays = Youth found him embracing an '80s song form, an almost-pop band forming from the big bang of an electronic freak-out.
M83 Concert Films
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Eating Sleeping Waiting and Playing
Runtime: 1 hrFrench jazz/pop/electronica duo Air has become one of the most innovative acts in contemporary music since the release of their debut album in 1998. Directed by Mike Mills, this documentary follows the band members Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel during tour stops in New York, London, and Paris.
Live at The Fader
Runtime: 33 minAtlas Sound is the solo project of Bradford Cox, the striking and eccentric vocalist for experimental indie rocker act Deerhunter. Cox was born in 1982 in Athens, Georgia, a town whose burgeoning music scene greatly influenced the singer. He identified with the B-52's while growing up, particularly the late Ricky Wilson, and co-founded Deerhunter with drummer/keyboardist Moses Archuleta in 2001.Headlining Friday's edition of the FADER Sideshow, Cox whipped up a relaxing collage of terrestrial vocals and hypnotic Fender guitar, all flowing handsomely through miles of metal boxes and twisted wires. Though his output is organic at its source, Cox guides his music by higher powered, synthetic undercurrents, creating something that is both empowering and otherworldly.
Live at McCarren Park
Runtime: 47 minOftentimes at live shows, musicians of the indie-rock variety get so caught up in all the strut and swagger that goes along with rock music that they forget to be fun. Deerhunter are not that, as evidenced by their performance here at McCarren Park Pool. On the contrary, front man Bradford Cox is a pretty damn funny guy. And while he may look like a young Thurston Moore without the flowing hair, Deerhunter opt out of your typical art-rock arrogance and instead go for a sonically sound show complete with a driving rhythm section and extra catchy guitar riffs. There's even a nutty vocal spot from Cole Alexander of The Black Lips. Top it off with some psychedelic effects and a pretty rhythm guitarist in cheerleader garb, and you've got yourself a Deerhunter performance that's way too fun to miss out on.
Live at The Enmore Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThey’ve been called everything from the UK’s answer to Devo to geeky Londoners in cardigans. But one thing everyone can agree on is Hot Chip can put on one of the best live dance parties around. And that’s exactly what Hot Chip did in Sydney earlier this month: delivered a fierce onslaught of infectious synth-pop perfection at disorientating speed to the eager crowd at the Enmore.
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minInterstella 5555 is the animated musical based on Daft Punk's landmark album Discovery, which sold over 3.2 million worldwide. This film is the continuation of Daft Punk's video collaboration with the world famous Leiji Matsumoto, considered the living god of Japanese animation. It includes the songs "One More Time", "Harder Better Faster Stronger," "Aerodynamic", and "Digital Love".
Live at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel
Runtime: 27 minWe aim to keep track of the most buzzed about indie groups, and we're confident in our assessment that Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES will continue to coast atop the crest of of the indie wave. Fronted by their pixie-like frontwoman, Lauren Mayberry, the group caught attention with their Recover EP, which stormed our sound waves with its gripping synth rhythms and enslaving party choruses.
We were initially surprised to see such a fervent turnout of faithful fans for the newcomer's show at the I Guess I'm Floating/YVYNYL party at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel down in Austin, Texas. But after being quickly acclimated to the group's commanding performance, we were singing right along with their most devoted admirers. We urge you to watch their performance below, and dare you to avoid becoming a member of the rapidly growing CHVRCHES legion.