Under the guise of M83, the French duo of Nicolas Fromageau and Anthony Gonzalez compose music for an otherworldly orchestra.

Under the guise of M83, the French duo of Nicolas Fromageau and Anthony Gonzalez compose music for an otherworldly orchestra. "Before the Dawn Heals Us" is a fascinating listen, a psychedelic journey through time and space, where vintage keyboards create a musical dream. With gorgeous melodies that are alternately grand and haunting, "Before the Dawn" is colored with barely audible vocals and a choir that sounds just beyond the reach of the living. Walls of guitars cascade around intricately constructed pieces, all of it designed to capture a schizophrenic flash of emotion somewhere between serenity and anxiety. The act's second U.S. release is as bold and adventurous as last year's "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts," a showcase for a duo seeking to redefine electronic music.—TM

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