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Before Dawn, After Midnight: M83 in 10 Songs

on April 05, 2016, 12:00am
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Hello, World

“Run Into Flowers” from Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)

“Give me peace and chemicals/ I want to run into flowers.” These words are the only ones uttered on the Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts single. Given that the track is one of M83’s more primitive efforts, simple lyrics are fitting. Perfectly fusing shoegaze and electronic elements, “Run into Flowers” is one of the first indications of the identity M83 carries to this day. Upon release, listeners and critics were floored by the band’s evocative powers, consequently garnering them comparisons to My Morning Jacket and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Most importantly, “Run into Flowers” served as a jumping-off point for M83’s gradually increasing success; but it was also the first time they put their work into other producers’ hands. The Run into Flowers EP laid the groundwork for the Reunion EP and all the other lush remixes created by and for M83. –Danielle Janota

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