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Boomkat Product Review:
Expanding upon themes hinted at in previous M83 albums, Anthony Gonzalez sets out to capture the thrills and spills of adolescence on Saturdays=Youth, with John Hughes movies said to be a major influence on the album. Presumably he's not talking about Uncle Buck, but rather something from the Ringwald oeuvre, but nevertheless, you'll find no cheap Psychedelic Furs/Simple Minds citations in here. Instead, Gonzalez's music clings to a kind of cinematic euphoria that's all but void of any such cheap rose-tinted references to musical eras passed, no matter how big a role nostalgia plays in the album's formulation. The meeting of concise cascades of synthesis and big choruses like 'Graveyard Girl' sit comfortably next to extended instrumental pieces, meaning that for every feel-good nu-gaze anthem there's a more contemplative, wistful composition around the corner, ultimately culminating in the Angelo Badlamenti-style neon drones of 'Midnight Souls Still Remain', which cruises into an eleven-minute plus duration, waving the album a prolonged farewell. To his great credit Gonzalez always seems to be up to the task of matching the scale and ambition of his sound palette, harnessing what might otherwise come across as an unwieldy, sprawling, synthetic mess into surprisingly tightly woven packages, controlled with an ecstatic pop expertise.