Monday, November 21, 2011

It Would Be Great

In light of his weekend concert in Toronto, which most likely changed the lives of hundreds of religious followers like myself (although I couldn't attend - large life regret), I figured an uplifting Monday tune from indie pop king M83 is only appropriate. The french electro-driven artist with a famous yelp and endless pocket full of atmospheric and profound melodies, is also currently experiencing an undeniable 2011 resurgence following his most recent release Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - the best album he's ever put forth.

This song (I kid you not) made me tear up the first time I heard it. Unlike "Wait" and "Intro", two dreamlike out-of-body indie jams that soar when blared - this one is just innocently breathtaking. On the topic of what he warned would be a new and "very, very epic album", Gonzalez said, "It's mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I'm really proud of it." And as he should be. This song in particular, a seemingly misplaced concept in the middle of the first disc, is a running commentary shared by several children and a pre-school keyboard loop about the mesmerizing and beautiful life of a frog. The children, their unpretentious observations and kind-natured words represent exactly what the title of the album is all about. The album, although diverse and fascinatingly different with each click of the track, does have a theme. And it's perfectly embodied in this song. It really is mainly about dreams.

Raconte-Moi Une Histoire -M83

I heard about this frog/
It's a very tiny frog/
But it's also very special/
You can only find it in the jungle/
So far away from me/
But if you find it and if you touch it/
Your world can change forever.

If you touch its skin/
You can feel your body changing/
And your vision also/
And blue becomes red and red becomes blue/
And your mommy suddenly becomes your daddy/
And everything looks like a giant cupcake.

And you keep laughing and laughing and laughing/
Nothing is ever quite the same really/
And after you finish laughing/
It's time to turn into a frog yourself/
It's very funny to be a frog/
You can dive into the water/
And cross the rivers and the oceans/
And you can jump all the time and everywhere/
Do you want to play with me?

We can be a whole group of friends/
A whole group of frogs/
Jumping into the streets/
Jumping into the planet/
Climbing up the buildings/
Swimming in the lakes and in the bathtubs/
We would be hundreds, thousands, millions/
The biggest group of friends the world has ever seen/
Jumping and laughing forever/
It would be great, right?

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