Published Jul 11, 2019Over a decade on from sharing ambient collection Digital Shades Vol. 1, M83's Anthony Gonzalez has readied a new instalment in the release series. Titled DSVII, the 15-track effort arrives September 20 through Mute.
DSVII is said to draw heavy influence from early videogame soundtracks, '80s sci-fi/fantasy films, and synth icons Suzanne Ciani, Mort Garson, Brian Eno and John Carpenter.
The album was recorded in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, between Gonzalez's L.A. studio and the Glendale studio of Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails, Beck).
Gonzalez reflected on the album's genesis with the following statement:
During the summer of 2017, I spent five months in Cap d'Antibes, France. I mainly spent my time swimming in the Mediterranean sea, reading, watching films and playing '80s videogames. The inspiration behind this record is mainly videogame music. It felt so refreshing to play all of these old-school games again. There is something so naive and touching about them. It's simple and imperfect. And this is exactly what I tried to achieve with DSVII.
M83 released the soundtrack to Knife + Heart earlier this year, though the project's last proper studio album remains 2016's Junk.
1. Hell Riders
2. A Bit of Sweetness
3. Goodbye Captain Lee
5. Meet The Friends
7. A Word of Wisdom
8. Lune De Fiel
9. Jeux D'Enfants
10. A Taste of the Dusk
11. Lunar Son
12. Oh Yes You're There, Everyday
14. Taifun Glory
15. Temple of Sorrow