Have you been binging Stranger Things? Does your trigger finger quiver with desire for all things ’80s synth fantasy? You’re not alone. M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez feels the same sonic stir, and so he produced a 15-track album of digital delights inspired by ’80s video games, classic synth music and surreal fantasy movies called DSVII.
“At first there was this vivid memory of Dungeons and Dragons, this childhood sensation of living in an imaginary world set in a faraway past or a lost future,” Gonzalez writes in a blog posted on the M83 website. “I wanted to create some music that could be part of this adventure and journey with all of its solitary knights, dreamy landscapes, strange animals, forgotten myths and old spells.”
DSVII is set for release Sept. 20 and is now available for pre-order. It’s the conceptual sequel to 2007’s Digital Shades Vol. 1, but while the Digital Shades project was originally intended to host B-sides and non-album releases, DSVII was given the full attention and care of a proper LP – and this one takes direct influence from Dragon Quest and Legend of Zelda, among other totally awesome vintage games he mentions on the blog.
“During the summer of 2017, I spent five months in Cap d’Antibes, France,” he writes. “I mainly spent my time swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, reading, watching films and playing 80s video games… I wanted to be surrounded by nature and the past. I would only feed myself with older art. It’s almost as if I couldn’t stand living in the present and didn’t find much interest in modern things anymore. This is probably why it was important for me to only use analog equipment for this record. We recorded everything with vintage equipment in my studio and at Justin Meldal-Johnsen’s studio in Glendale, California during final production which took place from the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2018.”
Gonzalez shared a snippet of the LP and the official tracklist in an Instagram post below. Read more about his direct influences on the website, and look out for DSVII Sept. 20.