M83 takes us on a dream journey at MMW

By Sarah Sharp

Photo by Sarah Sharp

Let’s take a moment and thank whoever is responsible for building Marathon Music Works. Finally, Nashville has a home for acts of such caliber, like that of M83, this past Tuesday. Acts that don’t quite fit nicely into one category, that teeter on the edges of electronic, rock, experimental, ambient, fusing them together in a way that has made them for whatever reason in the past, skip Nashville altogether. Perhaps because Nashville’s moneymaker market is labeled as country, rock, or something in between, it has been common assumption that there isn’t a market for other genres. But Marathon Music Works to the rescue, because finally we are acknowledged in mass quantities!

M83 put on a beautiful spectacle. They were in front of a spacescape-like background—lights resembling starry nights, transforming colors, shifting spotlight on each member of the band as they had their moments to shine.

They put on a show as epic as their most recent 2011 release, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Everything was so pronounced, intense, and sounded even better live. Seeing the bodies behind the music gave more context and life to the process, and they played their hearts out.

Everyone within that brick warehouse was hype, literally begging for more as they finished each song. When they came to the end of what seemed like an all-too-short set, we wouldn’t accept their exit. How could we let this dream be over so quick? As everybody howled for their return, they filed back on stage one at a time and banged out a few more dance rock anthems, while the rest of us bounced and shuffled uncontrollably to our collective wet dream being played in front of our eyes.

Photo by Sarah Sharp

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is exactly what you would imagine it to be. An epic journey, one of embracing your dreams. Whether caught behind closed eyes, or simply in the back of our minds, dreams are more beautiful than reality could ever achieve.

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming lives in another dimension. One intangible yet alive, drowning in heavy synths and irresistible hooks, trekking back to the 80s.  The first single, “Midnight City”, is the ultimate invitation to the double album, like a teaser, employing M83’s signature electronic synth-heavy sound with more live instrumentation—guitars, saxophone, flutes.

This multi-dimensional aspect of the album shows the band’s progression into a sound more mature and unified, and a band more comfortable with their instincts to experiment.

From the beginning, the album moves like a dream. There are complete thoughts like the ambient and heartfelt “Wait”, or the upbeat 80s dance ballad, “OK Pal”. There are short thoughts, like “This Bright Flash” and “Klaus I Love You” that would seem unfinished separate from their respective neighbors, but in accordance, fit perfectly in the grand scheme.

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Indie Underground Hour playlist on 10/29

Saturdays from 7-8pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Progressive Radio
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Here’s the playlist for October 29th:

Surfer Blood – I’m Not Ready (Tarot Classics, Kanine)
Dum Dum Girls – Teardrops On My Pillow (Only In Dreams, Sub Pop)
Deer Tick – Main Street (Divine Providence, Partisan Record Co.)
Wild Flag – Racehorse (Wild Flag, Merge)
Tom Waits – Talking At The Same Time (Bad As Me, Anti-)
The McCrary Sisters – Blowin’ In The Wind (Our Journey, McC Records)
M83 – Claudia Lewis (Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, Mute)
Youth Lagoon – Cannons (The Year Of Hibernation, Fat Possum Records)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Sister Ray Charles (Want More, Bloodshot)
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf (The Stepkids, Stones Throw)
Glossary – The Flood (Long Live All Of Us, Last Chance Records)
PUJOL – Stuff (Nasty, Brutish & Short, Saddle Creek)

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Moogfest Announces 2011 Lineup

Music Allies and AC Entertainment announce the 2011 Moogfest lineup!  Who else are you hoping will be added to the lineup?

Moogfest 2011, the annual festival of electronic and visionary music, celebrating the innovative spirit of Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer.  Taking place Oct. 28 – 30, in beautiful Asheville, NC, Moogfest’s Halloween harvest of musical delights builds on the tremendous success of last year’s reinvention of the Moogfest concept in the city that Bob Moog called home.

This year’s Moogfest lineup highlights a remarkable synergy of classic electronic music pioneers, contemporary groundbreaking artists, and young upstarts who are further pushing musical boundaries.  ‘70s innovators including Tangerine DreamHans-Joachim Roedelius and Suicide will present rare US performances as they join a lineup that includes the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, STS9, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles,Chromeo, Battles, Umphrey’s McGee, M83, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Holy F**k, Matthew Dear, Toro Y Moi, Twin Shadow, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Naked And Famous, Tim Hecker,Brandt Bauer Frick, Cant, Gold Panda, Austra, Little Dragon, Anika, Causing A Tiger, and Ford & Lopatin, with many others still to be announced.

The final Moogfest 2011 lineup will ultimately feature performances by over 60 internationally acclaimed artists in numerous venues throughout downtown, including the Asheville Civic Center Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and world-renown Orange Peel Social & Pleasure Club.  The festival will also host workshops, talks, interactive experiences and art exhibitions and installations.

“Last year’s reinvented Moogfest – the first to take place in Asheville – was an amazing experience – and the response from artists and fans alike was extraordinary,” says AC Entertainment founder, Ashley Capps. “We’re very excited and inspired to build upon that success for the 2011 festival.”

Weekend passes for Moogfest 2011 will go on sale on Saturday, June 4 at 12 Noon Eastern exclusively atmoogfest.com.

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