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M83 announce new album Junk, share first single “Do It, Try It” — listen

Having found a new vocalist, Anthony Gonzalez's outfit is ready with their new LP

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    With a massive tour schedule already mapped out, it was only a matter of time before M83 officially announced their long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re DreamingToday, mastermind Anthony Gonzalez confirmed the new album’s title and release date: Junk will arrive on April 8th release through Mute Records. He’s also shared the lead single and opening track, “Do It, Try It”.

    Junk reunites Gonzalez’s Grammy-nominated synthpop band with Dreaming producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. The album does not, however, feature longtime keyboards/backup vocalist Morgan Kibby, who left the band prior to recording sessions. Gonzalez is actually crowdsourcing her replacement for the upcoming tour supporting Junk, holding auditions for all would-be musicians.

    Even without Kibby, Junk promises a slew of “unexpected guests,” according to Gonzalez. Among them: Beck and Susanne Sundfør.

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    Gonzalez has said that the new album takes inspiration from TV shows of yore “like Punky Brewster and Who’s the Boss. I feel like TV shows are starting to sound and look the same. There’s no more passion anymore. So this album is a tribute to those old-fashioned shows.”

    As for the title, Gonzalez said in a statement, “Anything we create today is going to end up being space junk at one point anyway, and I find it really fascinating and scary at the same time – beautiful too in a way. I have this image of pieces of humanity floating in space, lost forever. It also means that nowadays everything goes so fast and everybody is kind of throwing away art in a certain manner. People will listen to an album for instance and just pick a track they like to put on a playlist. They’re not going to take the time to listen to an album anymore because they have to jump on the next thing.”

    Listen to “Do It, Try It” below. The album’s artwork and tracklist follows.

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    Update — March 4th, 3:32 p.m. CT: After holding open auditions, M83 have finally selected Kaela Sinclair to replace vocalist Morgan Kibby on their upcoming tour. “It was really difficult to choose a new singer for the band but when I saw @kaelasinclair it was obvious she would be perfect!” Gonzalez tweeted this afternoon.

    Junk Artwork:junk artwork

    Junk Tracklist:
    01. Do It, Try It
    02. Go!
    03. Walkway Blues
    04. Bibi the Dog
    05. Moon Crystal
    06. For the Kids
    07. Solitude
    08. The Wizard
    09. Laser Gun
    10. Road Blaster
    11. Tension
    12. Atlantique Sud
    13. Time Wind
    14. Ludivine
    15. Sunday Night 1987

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    Find M83’s full (as in, complete and stuffed) tour schedule below.

    M83 2016 Tour Dates:
    04/06 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre *
    04/08 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory *
    04/09 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
    04/10 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater *
    04/12 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre *
    04/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre *^
    04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
    04/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl *
    04/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
    04/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
    04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
    04/23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club *
    04/25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
    04/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
    04/27 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma *
    04/29 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
    04/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre
    05/04 – Hong Kong, CN @ Kitec Star Hall
    05/07 – Kuala Lumpur, MY @ KL Live
    05/19 – Sentosa, SG @ Hard Rock Coliseum
    05/21 – Jakarta, ID @ Lapangan D – Senayan
    05/24 – Seoul, KR @ Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall
    05/26 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
    05/28 – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
    05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair
    05/31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    06/01 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
    06/04 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
    06/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    06/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
    06/08 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
    06/09 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
    06/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
    06/12 – Richmond, VA @ The National
    06/14 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
    06/15 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
    06/16 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion #
    06/18 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
    06/24-26 – Paris, FR @ Solidays Festival
    06/28 – Istanbul, TR @ Zorlu Center
    06/30 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
    07/01-03 – Marmande, FR @ Garorock Festival
    07/01-03 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeenes
    07/07 – Bilbao, ES @ BBK Live Festival
    07/09 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive! Festival
    07/14-17 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava Festival
    07/15 – Gräfenhainchen, DE @ Melt! Festival
    07/23 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival
    07/24 – Detroit, MI @ MoPop Festival
    07/29-31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
    08/10 – Oslo, NO @ Øya Festival
    08/11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
    08/13 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
    08/15 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
    08/19-21 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
    08/24-27 – Zurich, CH @ Zurich Openair
    08/25-28 – Charleville-Mezieres, FR @ Le Cabaret Vert

    * = w/ YACHT
    ^ = w/ BØRNS
    # = w/ Tame Impala

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