Music Menu 11/12/2008



M83 Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez, the M83 braintrust, has come a long way since 2003's breakthrough, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. But whether that path from Eno + shoegaze soundscapes to this year's Saturdays=Youth is worth the journey depends on your tolerance for '80s synth pop like the Cocteau Twins or Mr. Mister. Personally, I find M83's five-year route includes too many wrong turns, and am more intrigued by touring mates School of Seven Bells, who would seem to have updated those sounds rather than recycled them. Tremont (John Schacht)

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