M83 ‎– Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

Gooom ‎– Gooom 025, Gooom ‎– GOOOM025, Labels ‎– 7243 5831512 7
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1 Birds 0:53
2 Unrecorded 4:11
3 Run Into Flowers
Music By – Anthony Gonzalez, Nicolas FromageauViolin [Additional Violins Performed And Recorded By] – MontagVocals [Additional] – Cyann, Mélanie PainVocals [Written, Arranged And Performed By], Recorded By [All Vocals] – Villeneuve
4 In Church 3:58
5 America 3:06
6 On A White Lake, Near A Green Mountain 4:43
7 Noise
Bass [Additional] – Morgan Daguenet
8 Be Wild 3:19
9 Cyborg 3:48
10 0078h
Recorded By [Original Vocals] – VilleneuveVocals [Additional] – Cyann, Mélanie Pain
11 Gone 6:07
12.1 Beauties Can Die
Recorded By [Vocals], Arranged By [Vocals] – VilleneuveViolin [Additional Ghost Violins Performed And Recorded By] – MontagVocals [Additional] – Cyann, Mélanie Pain, Suzanne Thoma
12.2 [Silent] 2:01
12.3 [Hidden Audio] 3:16

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Recorded and mixed at M83 studio, Antibes.
Track 3: additional violins performed and recorded at Ohne Microstudio, Montreal (Canada). All vocals recorded at Villeneuve Studio, Paris.
Track 10: original vocals recorded at Villeneuve Studio, Paris.
Track 11: vocals recorded and arranged at Villeneuve Studio, Paris. Additional ghost violins performed and recorded at Ohne Microstudio, Montreal (Canada).
Mastered at La Source.

Cat.# variations:
072435831512 7 on spine and back cover (called barcode on spine)
7243 5831512 7 on booklet's back
72435831512 7 on CD label

Track 12 contains the listed song "Beauties Can Die", followed by a silent part, and some hidden audio.
The enhanced part contains a player and auto-install functions.

Issued in a standard jewel case with an 8-page booklet.
CD artwork only visible in reflective lightning.
No track durations on release.
Total playing time 56:51.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0724358315127
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724358315127
  • Label Code: 03098
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): EMI UDEN VISA 7209 @ 2 2-1-3-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): EMI UDEN VISA 7209 @ 2 2-1-2 NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): EMI UDEN VISA 7209 @ 2 020110-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): EMI UDEN VISA 7209 @ 2 2-1-9 NL
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L046
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 1488
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 15D2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi AAH16
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): ifpi 1596
  • Other (Distribution code): PM 502
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM

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September 6, 2013
I first heard this around 2005, "Before the Dawn" had just come out, and i was pretty blown away by M83 at the time. I was doing music that was incredibly similar myself, and was so profoundly impressed by Before... that it practically stopped my project at the time in it's tracks. I immediately scavenged for Gonzales's back catalog and got ahold of Dead Cities... In the long run i have been probably more impressed with Dead cities..than "Before". Before; when the songs hit that mark, they REALLY hit them (Don't save us...,), but when they don't they just tend to drag (can't stop). Dead cities is more consistent of an album, i like all the tracks on it. Not as good production quality, but still a great album. I would have NEVER EVER in a million years thought that Gonzales would have gone on to make the drab, lifeless synthpop he made after "Before". After the 2nd synthpop record i stopped paying attention to what he did anymore. Shame, it felt like he was really on to something, i guess you gotta pay the bills though, ugh. I'm sure the new stuff has a fan base with a entirely different audience, and i am sure he's making more money than he did doing aggressive Shoegaze (can those two words even go together!?), still though, it always stings when you loose a good band to pop, bad pop at that!


January 31, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

I normally don't listen to albums just because they get a lot of hype and comparison to bands which I like (like My Bloody Valentine), but I thought I'd give it a listen anyway. Just sounded like Pink Floyd that was purely digitized and repackaged as something new and uplifting. It kinda suits the zeitgeist quite well, and I can see why it has such an appeal to mainstream listeners, but I had to turn it off and delete it from my hard drive personally, because I couldn't stand the thought that this is the future influence of bands seminal lo-fi bands like My Bloody Valentine or Ride. A different cup of tea, but seemingly popular with a lot of acclaim. If you like the grand and epic pretensions of bands like Smashing Pumpkins then this is for you. If you prefer the quaint, dirty, and reclusive sound of My Bloody Valentine or Ride, then listen to those other bands instead.


April 30, 2004

Sort of like the second coming of "Loveless"...imagine My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive beating each other to death
with sharpened fragments of broken analog synths, granular waveforms and
old shortwave radio transmissions...a steel cage match of walls of layered
noise and enormous, sweeping grandeur. Intense, beautiful and horrifying all at the same time. Play VERY VERY LOUD.


April 26, 2004
I'd say that M83 is in the same vein as Ulrich Schnauss (A Stangely Isolated place more than Far Away Trains Passing). Mainly electronic music - upbeat/uplifting in feeling. I've read reviewers dropping these guys into the shoegazer category and I can't say I disagree with them. I've alos read comparisons to groups like Mogwai because of the "epic" and building way the songs develop - can't say I disagree with this either. There are also some progressive rock references, but I wouldn't consider them to be dominant. This a really good album, but hard to find where in North America (you'll probably have to order it).