“On the last album, there was too much of me.” That’s how Anthony Gonzalez – the sonic auteur behind the sublime sound of M83 – describes the primary inspiration for his forthcoming album JUNK, to be released on April 8, 2016 by Mute. Highly anticipated, JUNK is not just M83’s first studio album in half a decade; it’s also the follow-up to Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – which, upon release in 2011, placed M83 in the direct current of the mainstream. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming gained acclaim as Gonzalez’s masterpiece summation of all the elements and influences of his epic space-age future pop. It would also become the record that cemented M83’s mainstream breakout, driven by the global hit single “Midnight City.” Other standout tracks like “Outro” and “Wait” from Hurry Up… also became pop-culturally ubiquitous, taking on a life of their own as musical accompaniment for numerous TV shows and Hollywood blockbuster trailers. So why would Gonzalez try to remove himself from the follow-up to such a creative and commercial success? And furthermore supplant himself on JUNK with the surprising likes of Beck and Steve Vai. Wait, Steve Vai? The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defined an era? On an M83 album? in 2016? With Beck, too? Read on… Read More...