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M83 Takes KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Back to the ‘80s

See 19 dreamy pics of the French electro sensations

Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Michael Amico, Live Nation • December 16, 2016

After wrapping up a 5 month stint around the world, electro band M83 paid a visit to Los Angeles at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. Check out the gallery above for some vibrant photos of the band’s performance.

The French band, known for their new wave sound of ‘80s synth pop, played through tracks from their most recent album Junk, as well as older classics. Most recognizable for their 2011 single “Midnight City,” which took them to new levels of commercial success internationally, the band’s music has now been used in countless soundtracks and film scores, like Oblivion, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.

Airy, dreamy, and glitzy, the new album channels those retro vibes even more than any their previous. Gonzalez tells Billboard the album’s theme was influenced by television in the ‘70s and ‘80s, an era the musician often looks back to for inspiration. He notes it as a time during which new production methods were constantly on the rise, new synthesizers were introduced, and everyone was riding a wave of innovation into a new era of music production.

Gonzalez admits that he now feels like “we’re at a point in music where [there’s] not a lot to explore anymore because everything’s already been done.”

Just last week, M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez announced that he would be composing and directing a new production by Cirque Du Soleil called VOLTA. The company’s 41st show will portray a "spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail,” according to a press release.

Keep your eyes peeled for some more dream pop tunes from Gonzalez’s brain vault—VOLTA has its debut April 20, 2017.

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