Last week a few of us were sitting around a table discussing future features for H/H, almost all of which began with – “oh my god, have you seen this film?! Or; woah, did you hear the new [insert band name here] album?!? In other words, our “latest obsessions.” Enter: an ongoing profile of latest pop-culture obsessions from around the agency.
Our first comes from Woody Wright, who has kindly reviewed the latest album from M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (the video for the first single above). If you’re currently obsessing over a record/videogame/app/film/brand, give us a shout. We’d love to throw it up as part of the series.
HURRY UP, WE’RE DREAMING
Anthony Gonzalez’ sixth album, “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” delivers a two disc, 74 minute experience that is self-proclaimed as “epic” for good reason. With each song acting as an interpretation of people’s dreams, listeners are led through nostalgic mixes of 80’s pop and new wave electronic that seemingly go on for hours.
“Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” begs listeners to forget about the cares of their daily life and get lost in the world Gonzalez has created for them. “For me, the imaginary world is so much more powerful than real life, and I don’t really want to be bothered by real life. I would rather live in an imaginary world forever. My music is my retreat.”
The album is “a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being [...] a compilation of all my previous music together [...] a retrospective of myself”, but it is much more than a simple solipsistic affair. The murkiness of his lyrics, and the continuously changing style of music that this record contains, serve to effectively capitulate the burdened memories each of us has of our own childhood, and beyond.
Tracks to listen to: “Midnight City” “Soon, My Friend” “Steve McQueen”