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Day 249: M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

4 Nov

Midnight City

I was watching the latest episode of the (awesome) series How To Make it in America, when something caught my attention.  This is a show with a reliably solid soundtrack, so great songs are often playing in the background, but something different happened this time.  As this particular episode began winding down, an amazing piece of music started playing.  It meshed perfectly with what was going down on screen, and I knew I had to hear more.  I whipped out my phone and opened up Shazam as quickly as I could, and within seconds, I had all the data on this beautiful track.

M83, an artist that I’ve already listened to for the blog, is responsible for Midnight City, the awesome track that I was hearing.  If you’re a regular Swole reader and you give this song a listen, I know what you’ll be thinking.  You’ve probably come to the conclusion that this song sounds so ’80s, and I have no reason for not liking Human League or something if I can get behind this track.  Here’s what it comes down to: I have heard absolutely nothing from that cherished decade of yours that hits as hard as Midnight City.  You can actually feel the synths pulsating, the beat pounding, and that almost-obnoxious vocal sample ringing in your ears over and over.  If you know of something from the ’80s that holds a power similar to Midnight City’s, please, please, tell me about it.

Unfortunately, the rest of this double album is just kind of meh.  Other than a second track as monstrous as Midnight City, the remaining 20 tracks just fall flat. Still, I’d say it’s all worth it because of that single song.


Day 181: M83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us

28 Aug

Teen Angst

As you may have expected, I care a lot about sound quality.  Nothing makes me happier than a high bit rate and my Sennheiser HD 595s.  But, as you also may have expected, I’m a pretty busy guy.  Sometimes, I’ve got to multitask.  In terms of Swole Ear, this means that I have to listen to a record out of my laptop speakers every now and then.  Believe me, this always causes great amounts of distress.  As I found out tonight, it can also cause me to misjudge music.  We learned something today: high audio quality isn’t just an OCD thing, it actually matters for effective music listening!

So I was walking around my room, probably putting clothes away or something, and  just not getting Before the Dawn Heals Us.  It sounded like a big mess of static and synthesizers.  I got to the sixth track (Asterisk) without my headphones, ready to write an angry post about how weird =/= good, when I plugged my sennies in.  It sounded like a big, glorious mess of static and synthesizers.

Looking back, I probably plugged my headphones in at the perfect moment.  I can’t think of a place for a better transition from crap to good sound quality on this record.  That’s not to say that makes Before the Dawn any less impressive, though.  It’s an odd grab bag of indie electronic, with something that’ll probably please, as well as piss off, every music listener out there.

What am I going to take away from this?  Always, always, listen to music on a system that doesn’t sound like crap.  It’s very easy to misjudge something heard through crappy speakers.  You can turn that into an analogy for life or something; just make sure that you give me credit.