I was introduced to M83 by my friend Ben, who played me “On A White Lake, Near A Green Mountain” when I was at his house one Saturday evening. I initially thought it was really boring but, after hearing it and the full album a few more times afterwards, I changed my mind. It was in fact really, really good; it just took a bit of time to get into it.
The album starts with a snippet of bird samples and a computerised voice intoning “sun is shining, birds are singing”. It’s quite a weird way to start an album made almost entirely of electronically processed sounds – there’s nothing resembling anything as natural as birdsong anywhere else on Dead Cities – but it leads nicely into “Unrecorded”, the first full song on the album.
“Unrecorded” storms right out of the blocks, and hits you…
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