Anthony Gonzalez has a trend of putting a few years between his band’s albums. Judging the distance between 2005’s Before the Dawn Heals Us and 2009’s Saturdays = Youth, we’re about due for more gauzy, dream pop tunes from Gonzalez’s M83. After a move from his native Antibes to Los Angeles, a relocation that made him reel with adolescent freedom, Gonzalez has announced that he is preparing a double LP for this October.
“It’s mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you’re a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I’m really proud of it,” Gonzalez told SPIN Magazine. “If you’re doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I’ve done that with this one. Overall, it’s pop and very epic. Anyone who loved M83 before, they’ll love this album even more. People that hated me, they’re going to hate this, too.”
Gonzalez also discussed how he hopes to merge the two sounds of two previous albums together by fusing the concise, 80s-tribute feel of Saturdays = Youth with the ambient, raucous tyranny of Before the Dawn Heals Us. To aid him in the process, he’s employed the help of some new and old faces for vocals, including Zola Jesus, Brad Laner of Medicine, and Morgan Kibby. Of course, this doesn’t mean Gonzalez will be taking a backseat to belting out some lyrics.
“All the vocals on older records was very quiet and whispery,” he said. “This time, I feel more like a singer, even if I’m not a great singer. There’s so much improvement in my vocals. People will be surprised.”
Gonzalez also had help from Beck and Justin Meldal-Johnsen, the bassist of Nine Inch Nails. With his team of collaborators, he has recorded the albums and just finished mixing two weeks ago.
So far, there are no names for songs or the album yet, but the double record is slated for October, with a supporting tour to follow. After that, Gonzalez plans on busting his chops on more composing projects in hopes that he will soundtrack more films following his theatrical work on l’Autre Monde (Black Heaven).
Until then, you can make plans to see him play at MoogFest, which runs from October 28th to 30th in Asheville, North Carolina.