M83 are an electronic shoegaze/dream pop act by French musician Anthony Gonzalez. It is named after a spiral galaxy, Messier 83. The band was founded in 2001 by Gonzalez and former member Nicolas Fromageau in Antibes, France.The musical style of M83 owes something to the shoegazing genre in its extensive use of reverb effects and lyrics spoken softly over loud instrumentals, although M83’s songs employ considerably less guitar than most shoegazing bands. Gonzalez and Fromageau parted ways shortly after touring for their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, and now Gonzalez records mainly on his own, often with the help of his brother Yann Gonzalez, vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby, guitarist/bassist Pierre-Marie Maulini, and drummer Loïc Maurin.
On July 19, 2011, “Midnight City”, the first single from M83’s new album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, was released for streaming and free download on the band’s official website.The North American tour in support of the new album will kick off in Mexico City at the Corona Capital Festival on October 15. The tour will include shows across North America including Washington DC, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, Boston and New York. There is an European leg as well, which starts in Amsterdam.
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