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M83 at Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
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"It's a double album," Gonzalez tells SPIN, adding that it will have a conceptual element. "It's mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I'm really proud of it. If you're doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I've done that with this one. Overall, it's pop -- and very epic. Anyone who loved M83 before, they'll love this album even more. People that hated me, they're going to hate this, too."

Sonically, Gonzalez says he's splitting the difference between the slick, synth-pop of Saturdays and the more ambient work of Before the Dawn. Short interludes will be interspersed among longer tracks, and Gonzalez is testing out new instruments like acoustic guitar. He hasn't quite nailed down song or album titles yet -- Gonzalez just wrapped up mixing the album two weeks ago -- but he does reveal that guests will include Zola Jesus and Brad Laner from Medicine, the cult noise-pop band who were once signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings in the '90s. Beck and Nine Inch Nails' bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen is also contributing.

"The track that Brad sings on is just gorgeous -- he did incredible work on that," says Gonzalez. "And Zola's track is very orchestral and very big. It's almost like a duet." [Spin]

M83 plans to release the ambitious double album this October. A teaser video called "Echoes..." for the album was uploaded onto his website recently. Check that out below.

M83 will go on a North American fall tour in October and November in support of the new album. The tour kicks off on October 15 in Mexico, includes Moogfest and ends in NYC on November 22 at Webster Hall. Ticket presale is available on M83's site now. Check ticketmaster for updates on general sale.

M83 album guest Zola Jesus has her own new album on the way too.

All tour dates and album teaser video below...

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"Echoes..." - M83 Album Teaser

M83 -- 2011 Tour Dates
Oct. 15 - Mexico City - Corona Capital Festival
Oct. 28 - Washington DC - Black Cat
Oct. 29 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
Oct. 30 - Asheville, NC - Moog Fest
Oct. 31 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Nov. 2 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Nov. 4 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Nov. 5 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 7 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
Nov. 9 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
Nov. 10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Nov. 11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
Nov. 13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Nov. 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Nov. 17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Nov. 18 - Toronto, ON - Lees Palace
Nov. 19 - Montreal, QC - La TuLipe
Nov. 20 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Nov. 22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

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Comments (40)

Why does he have to go and ruin a perfectly good album by putting Zola Jesus on it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:06 PM

I'm really, really looking forward to this one. I recently relistened to Saturdays = Youth, and forgot how great the instrumental tracks are even against the standout singles. I was listening to it in my room at night, window open and it was perfectly atmospheric. Before I knew it, I was pulling down my cutoff jorts and pulling my thickened hipster cock out of my briefs, stroking to the pulse of the bass beats until finally I shot a hot, sticky load all over my striped tank top which I was using as a cum rag. Zola Jesus should add an interesting element to the new album and glad it's at Webster Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:08 PM

Great arms and pecs he's got there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:12 PM

Predictions as to how many NYC dates M83 plays between now and this time next year anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:16 PM

not sure how sasquatch could slot m83 during the day. not sure id enjoy listening to it in a festival environment in general, let alone during the light of day.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:22 PM

@2:16, It's probably only going to be the date listed above, an added show, and then he'll show up on Kimmel or something.

Posted by M | July 6, 2011 2:24 PM

Have to disagree 2:24. I remember during the last tour, he was in the States and played most major cities about 5 or 6 times in a year.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:27 PM

Pretty bummed there's no Philly date so far.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:30 PM

Got my ticket
Gonna make LCD look like a garage band, son!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:53 PM

hawt

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:55 PM

Ugh, why do they have to play The Paradise in Boston. That's one of the worst venues there. Unless you're on the floor, the sound is bad and on top of it, transportation getting there is really weak. Not to mention it's right in the middle of BU, which means you're walking into a show filled with a bunch of spoiled blood blooders.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:58 PM

"Gonna make LCD look like a garage band, son!"

I'm pretty sure James Murphy would actually embrace that comment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 2:59 PM

2:58 stop whining at least you got a date unlike Filthydelphia (who got butkis)

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:04 PM

How the fuck is Spin even still a publication??!?!?!


Looking forward to this album though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:06 PM

You're right, it could've been worse 3:04. The House of Blues venue is the ultimate worst venue in Boston.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:06 PM

Boston Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:14 PM

Seeing how I got into these guys RIGHT AFTER they last played NYC, this is great news for me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:18 PM

I liked Saturdays, but I hope this is more along the lines of Before the Dawn. Album is so good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:34 PM

3:18pm, welcome to the party... You're about 8 years late lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:44 PM

I maintain that Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts was their best album, because I needed a transition from Slip Knot and Limp Biscuit

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:47 PM

Agreed....Dead Cities = Best M83 album!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:50 PM

hmmm.... this should be quite good. hopefully he'll lessen the element of maudlin goth teenager voiceovers and treacly dreampop ('if I clean my rocket', anyone?) and just concentrate on the dense layered electro-pop he's so good at. that list of collaborators definitely peaks my interest. I hope that brad laner and the rest aren't just singing and actually make contributions to the music...... since that's what most of them are actually known for.

Posted by rben b | July 6, 2011 3:55 PM

you probably like to hear yourself talk too, huh rben b?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 4:13 PM

rben b = not the 7.5 inch guy

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 4:27 PM

3:44: So what?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 4:45 PM

"Agreed....Dead Cities = Best M83 album!"

Best Future Sound of London album too!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 4:49 PM

Brad Laner should tour with them and reunite Medicine.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 6:06 PM

Open up with Teen Angst, and I'll be done with concerts for the year

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 6:41 PM

the original Medicine line up were so f'ing great....would love for them to reunite

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 6:28 AM

This guy looks liek some one i just cant remember

Posted by moshi monsters | July 7, 2011 8:46 AM

All of their albums are excellent, but truth be told, Saturdays = Youth is the one I listen to the most.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 9:08 AM

think this is the first BV comment thread with universal praise for an artist. allow me to fuck it up:

this guy is overrated. go listen to any shoegaze band from the last 20 years.

i still like him and will probably go to the show, but he isnt breaking new ground. i would rather listen to curve or chapterhouse than saturdays (and stars of the lid over dead cities).

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 10:20 AM

"think this is the first BV comment thread with universal praise for an artist"

There's been a few before. I've noticed Mike Watt and R.E.M. so far. Any others?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 11:05 AM

^^ built to spill

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 11:20 AM

Mike Watt = overrated
R.E.M. = SO last century
BTS = SOBS

M83 = the ballz

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 11:26 AM

What does SOBS mean?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 11:59 AM

SOBS = Same Old Bull Shit, IIRC

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 12:14 PM

I think "cut off jorts" is redundant. Also, I believe it should be "piques my interest".

Sorry, waaaaaay to many comments about music in this post.

Posted by Militant Grammarians of Brooklyn | July 7, 2011 1:55 PM

Sorry, should have been "too many".

Posted by Militant Grammarians of Brooklyn | July 7, 2011 1:56 PM

Universal praise for R.E.M.? Damn I must have missed my opportunity to say something negative on that one then.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 2:26 PM

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