M83 Concert Review: New Recording ‘Fantasy’ Hears Tremendous Sounds Live

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“Beyond the adventure!” shouted M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez and keyboardist Kaela Sinclair in the first minutes of the two NYC shows in Terminal 5 on April 25. fantasy.” The expanding record is the backbone of this tour; Throughout the evening, the band works on 10 tracks, including an initial five-song segment as bold and offensive as anything in their deep catalog.

Even casual fans were captivated by the interest, as the band’s lively sound came with a roaring juxtaposition with the often dreamy studio fare. The soloist and guitarist Gonzalez, the only permanent member of the band, is accompanied by Sinclair, multi-instrumentalist Joe Berry, guitarist Théophile Antolinos, drummer Julien Aoufi and bassist Clément Libes on this march, playing their amps so loud that it was raining synthesis. .the stomachs of the crowd, the rocking fans. The band’s greatest live number is blasting major chords in the outros on many of their songs and bathing the audience in deafening enthusiasm as the rhythm section suppresses a driving pulse.

Performed live, “Fantasy” may be an alternate history M83 biggest hits compilation, as it touches on the band’s core sounds: the exuberant headshots of “Dismemberment Bureau”, the epic, soundtrack-ready “Sunny Boy Part 2”, and the dark disco hook of the title track. Gonzalez clearly structured the show to flow around the album, avoiding many of his hits to blend them with deeper thematically appropriate cuts like “Run Into Flowers” and “Solitude.” Sure, they featured their best-known songs—infections “Midnight City” sounded just as vivid when it was released 12 years ago—but it was part of a three-track repeat from their best-known album, 2011’s “Hurry.” Up, We’re Dreaming.”

Given that the base set list focuses on the discovery of both lesser-known and brand new songs, the passionate, overwhelming noise of the M83 has been successful in creating excitement around fresh material. Far from running to grab another beer during the new stuff, the locked-in crowd broke up babbling about how they couldn’t wait to watch and revisit the “Fantasy” stream that proved the adventure paid off.

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