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Based on 15 reviews
2019 Ratings: #533 / 634
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Based on 167 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1115
September 20, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Naïve, Mute / Label
Ambient, New Age / Genres
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DSVII pulls off what it sets out to accomplish with aplomb: it is a pleasant album full of lush instrumentation and suites of sound that are gently evocative.

Spill Magazine

Its follow-up to 2007’s Digital Shades, Vol. 1 is decidedly richer and fuller in sound and substance, giving evidence of frontman Anthony Gonzalez’s growth as an artist and as a person.


DSVII is meant to be listened to as one piece, rather than dissected into its smaller, equal parts. As you move along the album, it becomes clear that the characters are the listeners. It is up to us to decide the story that we wish to tell. Gonzalez is simply there to guide us along.


Released 12 years after Digital Shades Vol. 1, M83’s new collection of instrumentals doubles as a playful tribute to classic video-game soundtracks.


It's on these longer, wide-angle tracks that the album really shines, and fans who thought the stricter pop playbook Gonzalez has been using recently was perhaps too strict should find much to like in these more open-ended pieces.


It's a soothing and inspiring listen, especially for fans who love vintage sounds and period details as much as Gonzalez does.

Northern Transmissions

While it still doesn’t feel like a proper follow-up to Junk, DSVII remains a cohesive, intriguing sonic detour for M83, even if certain moments are more engaging and captivating than others.


M83's follow-up to 2007's ambient collection Digital Shades Vol. 1 lacks the ingenuity of his pioneering predecessors' output and the thrill-ride wonder of the genres he set out to salute.

The Line of Best Fit

While these tracks aren’t necessarily bad by any definition, they certainly lack the charisma that M83 is known for.

Spectrum Culture

Its 15 instrumental tracks do provide a pinch of mythical fun, but the album is too restless to convincingly evoke the starry-eyed longing of the band’s best work.

The 405

Unfortunately, DSVII —like Junk— looks backward without bringing anything new to the table.

can't believe M83 released Dirty Sprite 7!!! Future's gonna be SO MAD 😡😡😡
I have few things to say about this album. It's dull, it's poor in execution and it offers nothing new or exciting or even entertaining. Some nice, calming melodies here and there but this feels more like a bandcamp project by an unknown artist. Just avoid it, it's not worth your time.
This is my first M83 album, and it was not a good listening. this record is so faceless, like, a lot of amateurs ambient producers could make this album because there’s nothing special here, Sometimes the production annoyed me, it’s poor ambient music that doesn’t go nowhere.
Another problem was, there’s too much tracks here and some of them are the same thing in and infinite loop, it’s going and going but it doesn’t go nowhere, I felt blasé listening ... read more
Everything That You Didn't Want From M83 - The Album™
I love the thought and concept behind this record, a record lost to videogame landscapes as so aptly held in the album cover of this record. "Feelings" dances with snyths that are copy and pasted from "Vangelis" yet shapes and shifts in sections to something you'd hear in a town of an older Zelda game or really any Final Fantasy game pre-playstation 2 era.

BUT, M83 are stepping into a body of sound that they're ill-prepared for. Its hard for me not to be un-impressed when ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hell Riders
  2. A Bit of Sweetness
  3. Goodbye Captain Lee
  4. Colonies
  5. Meet the Friends
  6. Feelings
  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
  13. Mirage
  14. Taifun Glory
  15. Temple of Sorrow
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Added on: July 11, 2019