Last night at Rebel (formerly known as Sound Academy) in downtown Toronto, M83 took to the stage to perform and promote their seventh studio album, Junk, in an epic show full of glittering lights, heady beats, ethereal vocals, and much more! All of the most dreamy and exquisite elements came together to create a glorious sensory overload of an evening.
As the lights started to twinkle and clouds of smoke drifted out from the stage, the comforting sound of synth, which ultimately became the song “Intro” from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011,) came buzzing out most appropriately over the speakers. A cohesive blend of songs pulled from both of the band’s two most recent albums, allowed for an energetic and sublime dance party to quickly be established. Crowd favourites from the evening included the stirring, hauntingly beautiful, “Wait”. Also, “Bibi The Dog” and “Laser Gun” featuring Mai Lan from the album Junk were both energetic and groovy tracks which got the masses dancing. The ultimate high point from the evening however was hearing Midnight City. At this point, the whole band came alive and their true and merited star quality was put on full display. An epic live saxophone solo was the ultimate climax of the whole performance.
After receiving such praise for Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, the band fell on harsh criticism with the release of Junk, on April 8th of this year. The album, which plays heavily on 80s cheesiness had its obvious highs and lows. In an interview with Pitchfork, Gonzalez said “This is how people listen to music nowadays: They’re just gonna pick certain songs they like—one, two, if you’re lucky—and trash the rest. All else becomes junk.” Similar to Gonzalez’s other work, nostalgia is heavily imbedded in the emotion and lyrics of the album, Junk. Luckily, this feeling was transformed into a dazzling effect, emphasized and embraced when performed live.
Over the course of the last 15 years, the band from Antibes, France led by front man Anthony Gonzalez has become well known for making synth heavy, psychedelic music. They have grown to establish a solid fan following and the show absolutely did not disappoint!
[photo credit: shahnoor ijaz]