The world of dreams isn’t an easy place to follow. You start to get to grips with the upside down man then suddenly find yourself whisked away to face giant cockroaches in battle. Dreams are messy, but dreams are also magnificent epics we all wish we could really take part in. Mundane is usually removed, unless you are having one of those evil repetitive dreams you get when stuffed with snot. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a musical representation of dreams, through the mind of M83.
At first the two disc epic is a mess. A mix of great 80’s styled synth tracks, ambient come downs and experimental use of sax, guitars and talking children. None of it really flows and the second disc falls flat, mainly due to the fatigue from making it through disc one. The likes of ‘Midnight City’ and ‘Reunion’ strike the senses with tingling pop sensations while ‘Raconte-Moi Une Histoire’ is remembered for the child talking about frogs and the catchy beat. The rest bubbles away into those dreams you wake up forgetting, but repeat visits to this dream world change everything.
It takes time to truly understand dreams, and this album of dreamy music suddenly shifts into a blend of coherent and beautiful music. The ambient transition tracks help calm the soul after the loud upbeat melodies and the experimentation showcases how different dreams can be. It has a feeling of optimism and longing, the sound of the night and the feeling of reality slowly falling as you sink deeper into the album. The second disc still stands out as a weaker half, some distinct theme to separate the two would have been welcome, yet it manages to sink into the mind as the play count goes up. ‘Splendor’ is a breathtaking melancholy piece and it feels we are at the darkest time of the night.
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming isn’t perfect and it can be hard to really dig into. But once you’ve allowed it to settle in, prepare for some sweet dreams. And excellent background music for my upcoming writing deadlines, one being a film about dreams! Nice link.