Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts [7 Track Bonus Disc]

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts [7 Track Bonus Disc]

by M83


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On the list as one of the most radiant keyboard albums, M83's absurdly lush Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts combines a small arsenal of antiquated synths and drum machines with a shoegaze aesthetic to create a giant starburst of sound and analog miasma. A French duo comprised of Nicolas Fromageau and Anthony Gonzalez, the pair's songs seem to evolve from one major chord to the next with tremendous velocity, always accumulating dense new layers of sound along the way. The keyboards throb, quiver, arpeggiate, and drone with such unbridled intensity that there's rarely any space (or need) for anything else. But while the shrill analog thrash of "America," the frenzied overload of "0078H," and the sustained crescendo of "Noise" certainly prove beyond doubt that guitars needn't be a prerequisite for post-rock dramatics, M83 are so much more than just a quiet-loud-quiet-loud outfit with a twist. As evidenced by the singsongy hymn of "In Church," the sweetly sung vocals on "Run Into Flowers," and the provincial chimes of final track "Beauties Can Die," M83 is a keyboard band of the best kind: one with nuance, tone, thrash, and color.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596925126
catalogNumber: 9251


Album Credits

Performance Credits

M83   Primary Artist
Villeneuve   Vocals,Track Performer
Nicolas Fromageau   Track Performer
Morgan Daguenet   Bass,Track Performer
Melanie Pain   Vocals
Suzanne Thoma   Vocals
Antoine Bédard   Violin

Technical Credits

Tony Gonzalez   Producer
Villeneuve   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Engineer
Elisabeth Arkhipoff   Video Director
Laurent Fétis   Video Director
Nicolas Fromageau   Composer,Producer
Nicolas Barlet   Engineer
Morgan Daguenet   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Justine Kurland   Cover Art,Cover Photo
Loïc Leroy   Engineer
Abstrackt Keal Agram   Producer,Remixing
Jamie Scott   Video Director
Antoine Bédard   Engineer

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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album grabed me by surprise. I took it off the shelf, and I listened to it and Wow, It just set my mode, "this is what I want". The chords take you into a journey into space. One track leads to another. It starts to build up into a whole enjoyable album. I'd rather not say much, i'll leave it up to your taste.. I say it sure is radiant...