- Saturdays = Youth

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 13 reviews
2008 Rank: #241 / 688
USER SCORE
81
Based on
106 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Amazon
iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork

Saturdays=Youth-- the new album from French musician M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez)-- opens with a stately piano phrase. Synths gradually overtake the piano and Gonzalez sings concise lyrics in falsetto-- "It's your face/ Where are we?/ Save me"-- amid billowing harmonies. It's the sort of big, beatless slow-burn he often uses to dramatize an impending pivot, a moment when the percussion gallops in and the song takes off for the stratosphere. But on this track, "You,

Appearing", that pivot never arrives. Instead, the music tapers off into the booming overture of "Kim & Jessie". Saturdays=Youth is still huge music, with three players in addition to Gonzalez-- but it has a different kind of heft from previous M83 records. On Before the Dawn Heals Us, M83 was all about the vertical push-- layer after layer of synths and drums piled up in a vertiginous tower. But these new songs disperse in all directions: Producers Ewan Pearson and Ken Thomas spread the melodies and beats into a sound world of uncommon vibrancy and pristine clarity, mounted on a massive yet now more proportionate scale.

Sorrugis
80
Anthony Gonzalez has the tendency to dramatize a lot of his music as M83, either intentionally or unintentionally, to the point where some of it becomes rather corny and irritating (like a bad chick flick). A lot of his attempts at renditions of action movie scenes (Before The Dawn Heals Us) and overblown 80s pap (Hurry Up We're Dreaming) in general fall short. But on Saturdays=Youth, Gonzalez manages to pull together a cohesive set of songs that keep the corniness level to a low (aside from ... read more
owenmzollis
62
Favorite track: "Graveyard Girl"
Least favorite track: "Up!"
Tom Simmons
90
Fav Tracks: Kim & Jessie, Couleurs, Graveyard Girl, Skin Of The Night, Too Late, Dark Moves Of Love, We Own The Sky, Up!
simpsonIan
85
Still M83's most accomplished album, Saturdays = Youth is terrifically moody French electronica that never spirals into pretentious nonsense and yet doesn't aspire to be a cross-over dance record, either. In finding this harmonious sweet-spot, Gonzalez absolutely nails some truly haunting tunes (which, impressively, stand distinct and independent of one another but also contribute to a greater whole), perfect for a late night drive.
More user reviews
Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House

Teen Dream

Arcade Fire - Funeral

Arcade Fire

Funeral

The Knife - Silent Shout

The Knife

Silent Shout

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead

In Rainbows

Beach House - Bloom

Beach House

Bloom

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

DETAILS

April 15, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
Ken Thomas, Ewan Pearson / Producer
ilovem83.com / Website
Tags
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 84 - Consequence of Sound
# 1 - Drowned in Sound
# 27 - MOJO
# 4 - No Ripcord
# 45 - Paste
# 8 - Pitchfork
# 37 - PopMatters
Track List
  1. You, Appearing
  2. Kim & Jessie
  3. Skin of the Night
  4. Graveyard Girl
  5. Couleurs
  6. Up!
  7. We Own the Sky
  8. Highway of Endless Dreams
  9. Too Late
  10. Dark Moves of Love
  11. Midnight Souls Still Remain
  12. Until the Night Is Over" [iTunes bonus track]
Contributions By
philthy, JediMark
Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
soundcloud.com
Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
Thee Oh Sees announce ‘A Weird Exits’, share new track 'Plastic Plant'
brooklynvegan.com
Thee Oh Sees announce ‘A Weird Exits’, share new track 'Plastic Plant'
New Track: Jenny Hval – “Female Vampire”
stereogum.com
New Track: Jenny Hval – “Female Vampire”
Listen: Flume featuring Beck – Tiny Cities
stereogum.com
Listen: Flume featuring Beck – Tiny Cities
Dinosaur Jr. Perform New Song “Tiny” on “Jools Holland”
pitchfork.com
Dinosaur Jr. Perform New Song “Tiny” on “Jools Holland”
Video: The Kills – Siberian Nights
youtube.com
Video: The Kills – Siberian Nights
Dinosaur Jr. Announce New Album "Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not"
stereogum.com
Dinosaur Jr. Announce New Album "Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not"
Wild Beasts Announce New Album "Boy King", Share New Track "Get My Bang"
diymag.com
Wild Beasts Announce New Album "Boy King", Share New Track "Get My Bang"