Last year, French dream-pop artist M83 found songs hiding in swelling synths and thwacking drum machines. The one-man-band (aka Anthony Gonzalez) even found space for some guitars on Saturdays=Youth, his oft-otherworldly fifth full-length. Although Vangelis-quoting symphonic electronic work is still his creative linchpin, Gonzalez now has such a knack for catchy, 4AD-worthy vocal ideas (“Skin of the Night”) and deep, shoegazy layers (“Kim & Jessie”) that he seems to have totally redefined himself. With howling Brooklyn experimentalists Telepathe.

Sat., Jan. 24, 8 p.m., 2009

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 14, 2009

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