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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

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Combining elements of My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Air, Sigur Ros & Tangerine Dream, France's M83 has a distinct sound that's modern, melancholic and mesmerizing. Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is one of the most striking records you'll hear this year. Available on 2 CD (includes exclusive bonus disc) and 2LP. Debut US tour this September!

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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is the second album from French electronica duo M83 (Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau) who, thankfully, derive their name from a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Hydra and not from an interminably lackluster stretch of noxious British motorway. The name certainly nods to where their wide-eyed, spaced-out technicolor imaginations are fixed, but they also know how to sound ponderously intense--hence the cold, cello-aided sonority of "Gone," possibly the only track on the album that defies the lambent warmth of the purring analog synths and beguiling reveries that make the rest of the album as enticingly therapeutic as a thermal spa.

Humane post-rock is clearly M83's strongest attribute because both "Run into Flowers" and "On a White Lake, Near a Green Mountain" are curiously pretty cameos, far removed from the automatic anemia of other workmanlike button-pushers. The high point, though, is the symphonic sweetness and motherly female choral vocals of "Beauties Can Die," which is rather like being cradled in the arms of an angel, or at the very least the arms of Sigur Ros and Lesley Garrett. If one really has to die and go to heaven, one rather hopes the journey up there will sound like this. --Kevin Maidment


Disc: 1
1. Birds
2. Unrecorded
3. Run Into Flower
4. In Church
5. America
6. On a White Lake, Near a Green Mountain
7. Noise
8. Be Wild
9. Cyborg
10. 0078h
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Birds
2. Unrecorded
3. In Church (Cyann & Ben Version)
4. Gone (Live)
5. Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
6. Run Into Flowers (Video)
7. America (Video)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002IQB1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Slawinski on July 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've never written a review here before, but this album deserves it. I've been loving it in mp3 form for a while now, and I just picked up the domestic release yesterday. While the bonus disc may not warrant a new purchase for those who already have the import, it has some nice tracks. Those of you who don't own this album now, do yourself a favor and check it out. After you've heard a few tracks, you should know if it's your kind of thing or not. For sampling, standout tracks (in my opinion) are "America," "Run Into Flowers," and "Gone."

I personally find this album to contain some of the most beautiful, invigorating, and breathtaking music around This fact is especially remarkable when one considers the decidedly electronic aspects of obvious drum machines and buzzing synths. Merging these aspects with wholly organic samples and droning electric guitar, M83 makes some great music. Stunning climaxes abound, and the quiet that follows them is just as awesome.

I've read that this sounds like music for outer space travel. I have to agree, though listening to this album lends a touch of the fantastic to any setting.

"Dead Cities..." is definitely one of the best albums of 2003. And now it's affordable in the states as well. Don't miss it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Rubalcaba on September 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is perhaps one of the best albums of the year. There is a song or 2 for everyone. Some songs sound like the soundtrack to things happening around you. My friend played a couple of tracks for me late one night and I was hooked on the real nice soundscape created by all the sounds and drowned out vocals. I couldn't find something or someone to compare it to. The album is amazing. Its chilled and dark. It takes you on some journey and in the end you don't want to comeback. You want to stay out there and hear the music forever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on November 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you have ever heard of Ulrich Schnauss and have bought one of his cds, then I suggest you get this one..it has a similar vibe, dreamy synth pads, lush strings, etc...This is one of my favorite cds of 2004. Favorite songs are:

1. Gone-AMAZING!

2. On A White Lake, Near a Green Mountain-so smooth......!

3. Unrecorded-Synths with some distorted guitar(I think)..GREAT!

4. In Church.

Bascially most all the songs are pretty good to great...only one or two are weak in my opinion.

Get this now, if you enjoy lush/melodic electronic music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MaratsBathing on December 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Listening stations in major music stores really suck. There's always some dolt who doesn't know how to use it ("SCAN HERE" is never in his or her vocabulary), or someone's playing objectively awful music with the volume at 11 so that everyone in the store can hear the decline of western civilization without ever having to leave their place in line or turn on the radio. Every once in a while, though, the accursed contraptions prove useful (and no, I'm not talking about seeing whether or not the string tribute to Evanescence is a joke or not). M83's Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is one of the very, very few albums that's bought me hook, line, and sinker solely from a 30-second clip of one of its songs.

This record was released in 2003 under the French electronic label Gooom, but was only available as an import until July of this year. Re-released in a shiny, new, (and most importantly) expanded edition in North America through Mute, I found a copy and immediately bought it after previewing it on a Borders listening station. If you're familiar with my relatively conservative buying habits, that alone should speak volumes about this consistently amazing album's sound, but if you're not one of the lucky, lucky people who has ever received a gift from me, then maybe you should just read the review.

The album's under-a-minute intro "Birds" starts things off in Boards of Canada territory, with, true to its name, birds chirping, as well as an uneasy, electronic vocal reciting, "Sun is shining/ birds are singing/ flowers are growing/ clouds are looming and I am flying," which serves as a sort of "This is your captain speaking..." monologue, preparing you for the journey ahead. From there, the album explodes into the absolutely HUGE "Unrecorded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. THOMAS on September 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have read review after review about how AMAZING this cd is...

and you know what? THEY ARE RIGHT! This cd blew me away! I first

heard them on the closing song, first disc of James Lavelle's

Global Underground: Romania (James Lavelle / UNKLE check him

out!)and loved "Run into Flowers". M83 IS NOT DANCE MUSIC THOUGH. Not alot of beats but beautiful layers of synths and angelic vocals, even dare I say, "Pink Floydy" at times,(definately NOT CHEESY, I promise).

If you dig what German producer Ulrich Schnauss is doing these days (last song on Sasha's Revolver cd if you didn't know)then you will dig these stargazers / shoegazers. M83 is even named after

a galaxy (not a motorway). Buy it and close your eyes and absorb... no need to go to a planetarium..."Ladies and gentlemen,

we are floating in space"...
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