- Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the French electronic project of Anthony Gonzalez is a sequel to 2007's Digital Shades Vol. 1 and was inspired by 1980s sci-fi and fantasy movies as well as video game soundtracks.
- Record Label: Mute
- Genre(s): Electronic
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Sep 20, 2019DSVII pulls off what it sets out to accomplish with aplomb: it is a pleasant album full of lush instrumentation and suites of sound that are gently evocative. If at times the record feels a little too safe, this feeling is punctured before long by an irresistibly cute melody or a chord sequence that resolves in just the right way, and the listener is drawn back into the pastel world that M83 create here.
Sep 23, 2019With DSVII, the series evolves into a space for tinkering, where Gonzalez can embrace different influences. With neither someone else’s vision nor any cohesive album statement to fulfill, he reverts to maximalism, melding his two musical identities—synth-pop showman, serious composer for other mediums—to become the director of his own electronic daydreams.
Sep 20, 2019Extremely different album from the previous ones in terms of style (although presenting certain sounds very similar to those glimpsed inExtremely different album from the previous ones in terms of style (although presenting certain sounds very similar to those glimpsed in "Junk", which was already quite different from the first 6 works of the artist), a total change of course that, if for certain verses can be positive as a symptom of renewal and innovation, on the other hand it can make the nose turn upside down, given the presence of tracks (most of them) that could transmit a strong sense of monotony and, in general, of unexpressed potential. And in fact, this album had initially a lot of potential, but unfortunately it seems that in the end it cannot be considered completely successful. Maybe it's something wanted, given the statements of the same Anthony regarding his intention to want to make something "simple" and "imperfect", like the old soundtracks of the 80s video games that inspired him, but, at the end of the listen, it seems as if more could be done, as if what we felt was not enough, as if something was missing, that spark that would have given the whole the same efficacy and genius that characterized the previous albums, real masterpieces of music. Despite this, however, some tracks are really evocative and transcendental ("Colonies", "Mirage") and certain pieces of piano, flute and guitar very beautiful and pleasant to hear, giving a sense of absolute peace, and in this sense recalling, in their own small way, the atmospheres of the first chapter.
In conclusion, the album worth in my opinion the purchase, 'cause in general is very well done, although it cannot be considered, as far as I am concerned (it is good to specify it), on a par with its predecessors.… Expand
Sep 28, 2019Um álbum diferente de todos os outros trabalhos prévios, e não necessariamente no bom sentido. É um bom álbum de música ambiente, bom para seUm álbum diferente de todos os outros trabalhos prévios, e não necessariamente no bom sentido. É um bom álbum de música ambiente, bom para se ouvir e relaxar. Mas não passa disso para ser sincero. Não há algo realmente atrativo em nenhuma das faixas, e é um álbum que quando você terminar de ouvir vai se perguntar "mas já acabou?". No entanto, é agradável aos ouvidos e traz uma boa sensação de nostalgia devido ao conceito do álbum ser games antigos, o que faz o mesmo ganhar uns pontos.
Seguimos esperando pela próxima grande gema do M83. Não foi dessa vez.… Expand
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