We already knew that M83 were hard at work on a follow-up to 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, and earlier today the group’s producer and touring bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen tweeted that they had finished that album, and that he was “very happy with it.”
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez talked a little bit about what we should expect:
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. It’s also quite different from the previous albums which is what I’m the most proud of.
He also noted that he was inspired by ’70s and ’80s television shows like Punky Brewster and Who’s The Boss, and that all the songs on the album are tied together by a narrative thread. “I feel like TV shows are starting to sound and look the same,” he told EW “There’s no more passion anymore. So this album is a tribute to those old-fashioned shows.” (Someone hasn’t been watching Fargo or, like, any new television at all!)
Gonzalez says that Saturdays=Youth and Hurry Up keyboardist and vocalist Morgan Kibby did not contribute to the new album, but said that there were going to be some “unexpected” guests.
Sounds like fun! Hurry up, 2016.