Anthony Gonzales, aka M83, like his sounds big. Good thing: We dig M83 the most when Gonzales is jetting through space-y epics that feel like they could implode at any minute, making the whole universe glow. The band’s fifth studio record Saturdays = Youth is out this spring. We’ve only heard one track, the smooth-as-the-milky-way “Couleurs,” and it doesn’t sound quite as towering as the flickering, cinematic flourishes of 2005′s Before The Dawn Heals Us. M83 gets shit for being too purple (Eno on steroids, or whatever), but it’s the excess we love, so let’s hope Saturdays = Youth strikes-up the space orchestra, plums the depths and heights of teen angst, and doesn’t unfold with the ambient restraint of Digital Shades: Volume 1. The first single’s called “Graveyard Girl,” which sounds promising in the angst department, but here’s “Couleurs,” a dusted dance bit straight from Antibes, France. It’s all about love and death, ain’t it Anthony?

We take it back — that shit is plenty epic. It’s just that the arc is less like a rocket ship. Seems Gonzales has been hanging with Kelley Polar, maybe. Anyhow, here’s the Saturdays = Youth tracklist.

01 “You, Appearing”
02 “Kim & Jessie”
03 “Skin Of The Night”
04 “Graveyard Girl”
05 “Couleurs”
06 “Up!”
07 “We Own The Sky”
08 “Highway Of Endless Dreams”
09 “Too Late”
10 “Dark Moves Of Love”
11 “Midnight Souls Still Remain”

Dude definitely owns the sky.

Saturdays = Youth is out 4/15 on Mute.

Comments (21)
  1. johny cakes  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0

    first. I still listen to ‘don’t save us from the flames’ all the time.

  2. christian  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0

    this guy is so good — i can’t wait!

    feels a little more dancy and less rock than his previous albums, but we’ll see what happens.

  3. Blondie  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0

    omg LOVE. it makes me want to get down and/or high. both are good.

  4. A nice surprise addition to 2007

  5. not bad at all. i’m interested to hear what the rest of this is going to sound like.

  6. not bad at all. gets more interesting in the middle. i’d like to hear what the rest of this is going to sound like.

  7. Taylor  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0

    I simply cannot wait for this album.

  8. Taylor  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0

    This album is going to be excellent.

  9. west  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0


  10. dona  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 0


  11. Makes me wanna listen to M83 all over again.
    I’d like to see this song as a moodsetter on an more rock album, but who knows.

  12. save us from the flames….
    i don’t even know what to do with myself….
    soooooo goooood!
    i’m not a dj, but if i were, i would try to find a way to mix in car chase terror! at any given moment in my set

  13. i like this way more than 90% of m83′s output. their rock moments come close to what it’s like to know God, but the rest of it is like waiting for him. this one though is more like knowing that you’ve known him, and that sometimes that’s enough.

    does any of that make sense?

    anyway, i’m just saying that it’s a good cut. i’m excited.

  14. josh.silver  |   Posted on Dec 23rd, 2007 0

    it’s a collective m83 circlejerk, and i wanna join! where’s the download at?

  15. bingo gas station  |   Posted on Dec 24th, 2007 0

    best band I’ve seen live at ACL. seriously

  16. m83 is so experimental.
    ambient, pop, dance..
    ahhh it’s brilliant.

  17. saikomango  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2008 0

    i love this so fucking much. i can’t wait to send this song to my ex, he loves M83 too…

    anybody else dream of making love to M83?

  18. M83 gets the synth notes to be soooo heavy.. I feel like I’m being pulled down, so deep, to a place thats just….

    Better than Heaven.

  19. Wow Nice I like the new disco-rock feel. Very big, m83 style for sure, I could probably even slip this into my dj sets. Not exactly “Teen Angst” or “Run into Flowers” but still very very good. Incredible production. Can’t wait for the album.

  20. Joe  |   Posted on Jan 17th, 2008 0

    hey, doesn’t this sound a bit like out hud in places? not knocking it, note… it’s a great sound

  21. Matt  |   Posted on Jan 27th, 2008 0

    When Radiohead stopped making good records after Kid A, this guy took over.

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