M83's Anthony Gonzalez Explains the Statement Behind 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming'

M83's Anthony Gonzalez Explains the Statement Behind 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming'
This week, M83's epic new double album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming will be arrive. Released on double CD and double vinyl, as well as digitally, Anthony Gonzalez hopes that if you do decide to shell out some money on his music, you buy the physical product. In fact, he feels it will enhance the experience.

"I would prefer for this album to be listened to on a CD or vinyl," he tells Exclaim! "I don't like the idea of people listening to MP3s because we put so much effort into making the sound of this album valuable. If you really want to understand what this album is about you need to listen to it on vinyl or CD. Even if only a few people buy the [physical copy], it will be a personal victory for me."

Nostalgic for the glory days of collecting music, Gonzalez says that in the face of a musical revolution, part of the reason he made Hurry Up was to make a statement about how he feels music should be appreciated.

"That's what makes this album interesting," he explains. "It's true that the music industry has changed a lot and it's now about singles and downloading on iTunes. I just wanted to make a statement, and this album is a way for me to say, 'I like the way we used to listen to music.' This is what this album is all about: music lovers and how we listened to music in the '80s and '90s."

Gonzalez says a lot of the inspiration came from owning Smashing Pumpkins' double album, 1995's Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  

"My main reference was the Smashing Pumpkins' double album, not just because of the music but also because of the object," he says. "When I was a teenager I fell in love with both the music and object. I would hold the CD in my hand, reading all of the lyrics while listening to the album over and over. For me, it was a discovery and I want younger generations to experience what I got from the Smashing Pumpkins double album."  

You can stream Hurry Up, We're Dreaming in its entirety at the bottom of the page and watch the newly revealed video for "Midnight City" below M83's upcoming North American tour dates.

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming will be in stores today (October 18) via Mute.

Tour dates:

10/28 Washington, DC - Black Cat

10/29 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade

10/30 Asheville, NC - MoogFest

11/2 Orlando, FL - The Social

11/4 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live

11/5 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

11/7 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

11/9 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre

11/10 San Francisco, CA - The Independent

11/11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

11/12 Vancouver, BC - Venue

11/13 Seattle, WA - Neumos

11/16 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater

11/17 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

11/18 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

11/19 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe

11/20 Boston, MA - Paradise

11/22 New York, NY - Webster Hall

M83 - Midnight City (Clip Officiel) by Spi0n