Gonzalez and Fromageau parted ways shortly after touring their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Gonzalez records primarily on his own, with other artists as guest musicians. The band is signed to Mute Records and found international success in 2011 with the single "Midnight City". Their most recent album Fantasy was released on 17 March 2023.
Anthony Gerard Gonzalez (born March 13, 1980) grew up in Antibes, France together with his brother Yann. His family had a great interest in football and Gonzalez had trials with AS Cannes, while his maternal grandfather is the French international Laurent Robuschi. At the age of 14 he got injured and turned to music instead after his parents bought him a guitar. Gonzalez developed his interest in music and American culture while at secondary school. Together with Fromageau he formed a post-rock outfit called My Violent Wish.
At the age of 17, Gonzalez bought a synth to record a demo, which he sent to a number of French labels. When the Paris-based Gooom Records appeared interested, he recruited Fromageau to "help me because I didn't feel like I had the shoulders to carry the project on my own". The band is named after the galaxy of the same name.
The band's musical aesthetic is characterized by extensive use of reverb effects and lyrics spoken softly over loud instruments. Gonzalez has been inspired by aspects of the American Dream and his songs have been outlined as themed around "adult-scripted teen dreams". Inspiration for the 1980s style found in much of Gonzalez’s music includes bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Pink Floyd, and Tangerine Dream. Between various electronic music properties and album artwork, M83’s style includes a mix of both contemporary pop and 1980s dream pop.
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Chasing colors in my tears
I need yourself
The lyrics to M83's song Couleurs are both dreamy and emotional in their essence. The repeated phrase "chasing colors in my tears" showcases a deep sense of introspection and self-reflection, as if the singer in the song is trying to find meaning within their own pain and struggles. This is further emphasized by the line "I need yourself" which could either mean that the singer is seeking validation and reassurance from themselves, or is asking for their true self to come forth.
The imagery of colors in tears could be interpreted as an attempt to find beauty within sadness or pain. It may also represent the overwhelming emotions that come with experiencing something intense and deeply personal. The repetition of the phrase emphasizes the cyclical nature of emotions and the need for self-discovery and introspection. The song overall has an ethereal quality to it, emphasizing the introspective nature of the lyrics.
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Written by: ANTHONY GONZALEZ
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