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M83 closes a decades-long chapter with ambient eighth studio album, ‘DVSII’ [STREAM]

M83 has been teasing their DSVII LP for the past month, with “Temple of Sorrow,” “Luna de Fiel,” and “Feelings,” respectively. The strange tracks function more like a movie score and actually make up a three-part short film series called Extazus, directed by French experimental filmmaker Bertrand Mandico. DSVII sees it’s wide release this week, which serves as a follow up to 2007’s Digital Shades Vol. 1.

M83’s Adam Gonzalez has shied away from his signature synth-pop sound to release a collection of ambient tracks that make up the album. DSVII takes its inspiration from when Gonzales lived in Cap d’Antibes in France. During the five-month period, Gonzalez found solace in his beautiful surroundings while listening to Brian Eno’s ambient phase and playing old video games. Gonzales explained in a press release,

“I mainly spent my time swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, reading, watching films and playing ‘80s video games The inspiration behind this record is mainly video game music. It felt so refreshing to play all of these old school games again. There is something so naive and touching about them. It’s simple and imperfect. And this is exactly what I tried to achieve with DSVII.

DSVII is available now across all digital streaming platforms. A special edition pink galaxy colored double vinyl version of the LP is available via Mute.