M83: “Midnight City” (Video)

Questlove’s controversial musical intro for Michele Bachmann on Jimmy Fallon’s show may have stolen the headlines – the band played Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass B—-”. But there was something else musical going on during the Monday broadcast that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

M83′s new CD, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, is out now via Mute. This electronica-rock hybrid is already storming up the charts. Eighties ambience, anthemic hooks, and arena-sized sonics combine in a memorable melange. But don’t call M83 retro: they stand out distinctly from the pack of eighties nostalgists. On Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, they’ve amalgamated and transmuted synth signatures past into an ebullient music for the present.