Over a decade after releasing Digital Shades Volume 1, M83’s Anthony Gonzalez has prepared the newest installment to the series called DSVII, which is set for release on September 20th.
The new album will hold 15 tracks inspired by early video game soundtracks, ’80s sci-fi/fantasy films, and influences by synth icons Suzanne Ciani, Mort Garson, Brian Eno and John Carpenter. The album was recorded in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 in Gonzalez’s L.A. studio and Nine Inch Nails’ Justin Meldal-Johnsens’ Glendale studio.
With DSVII, I wanted to come back with something stronger that featured the depth of a proper studio album without the pressure of providing pop music – faraway from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and Junk. *A
— M83 (@M83) July 11, 2019
“During the summer of 2017, I spent five months in Cap d’Antibes, France,” Gonzales explains. “I mainly spent my time swimming in the Mediterranean sea, reading, watching films and playing ’80s video games. The inspiration behind this record is mainly video game 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.”
Check out the DSVIItrack list below!
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