Review: Junk by M83

Junk by M83It’s been almost five years since M83 released Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, a sprawling double record mining Anthony Gonzalez’s childhood to haunting, fascinating results. It’s the album that put M83 firmly on the map, so the release of his follow-up, Junk, is long anticipated. Here he continues to mine the sounds of his past – this time, it all seemingly revolves around a screen from the 70s and 80s, those end theme tunes, the path that fellow French band Air walked on before. And, for the most part, that’s all it does – revisit, reminisce, evoke memories of old times. On one hand, I actually had this rush of heading those sounds that, while hazy, somehow imprinted themselves in my three-year-old head at the time. (See “Atlantique Sud”.) On the other, you expect Junk to go further with it, like its immediate predecessor. Perhaps the idea is more of a straightforward reminisce, and you are left to interpret it yourself? Perhaps, perhaps – it all boils down to what you expect in the first place. I always look for that kick, though. [NB]3/5

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