This M83 article was written by Ben Kendall, a GIGsoup contributor.
French electronic band M83 has confirmed the release of their new album, entitled ‘Junk’, this year on the 8th April via Naïve Records and Mute Records.
The band, fronted by Anthony Gonzalez, finished the making of the record in December last year. “It’s a very strong album with a lot of eclecticism. 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.”Gonzalez explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, when asked about the sound of the new record. “It’s also quite different from the previous albums which is what I’m the most proud of.”
Gonzalez also wrote in a press release: “Anything we create today is going to end up being space junk at one point anyway. I have this image of pieces of humanity floating in space, lost forever… People will listen to an album, for instance, and just pick a track they like to put on a playlist. They’re not going to take the time to listen to an album anymore because they have to jump on the next thing.”
‘Junk’ will be Gonzalez‘s first major release since recording the soundtrack to the 2013 movie Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise. It will also be M83‘s first LP since 2011’s ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’, which featured ‘Midnight City’, the band’s biggest hit to date.
The band so far have released the album’s cover (see picture below), track list and lead single ‘Do It, Try It’, which the band have released an official audio video of (see video above).
M83 will be heading out on an international tour to support the new record, kicking off in New Orleans on the 6th April and finishing in Budapest on the 15th August. The full list of tour dates are available via Pitchfork.