Los Angeles United States
From French teenage angst to West Coast futurism, M83’s post shoegazing don Anthony Gonzalez never lacked in taste nor ambition.
For his first two albums, from 2001’s _(album-title)At The Party_ to _(album-title)Before The Dawn Heals Us_, _(artist-name)M83_’s Anthony Gonzalez piled up Tangerine Dream-y synths, shoegazing walls of guitars, and ample helpings of reverb to create an updated soundtrack to teen angst as previously soundtracked by bands like _(artist-name)The Cure_. Beneath the washes of sound, it seemed, lurked memories of a youth spent on the dark side of the moon. Later, he released something close to a party record with _(album-title)Saturdays = Youth_, for “Saturday is definitely the coolest day of the week for a teenager and that’s the reason Saturday is in the title”. Apparently Gonzalez really liked being a teenager, discovering parties, drugs and music. From there on, his ambitions got even wider in scope. Relocating to Los Angeles, he teamed up with frequent _(artist-name)Beck_ and _(artist-name)NIN_ collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen for the grandiosely baroque _(album-title)Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming_, and it seems that he has left behind any restraints, allowing himself to fulfil all the ambitious futurism he could muster.