WATCH: M83 Take Us to the “Temple of Sorrow” in New Video
The first installment of a three-part film called Extazus, “Sorrow” will also appear on the band’s forthcoming LP DSVII.
The music of M83 has always been cinematic—even before Anthony Gonzalez was scoring films, “Midnight City” and other tracks from the French electronic band’s breakout 2011 double album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming continue to be heard in movies, commercials, and video game soundtracks.
It makes sense, then, that the group’s follow-up to 2016’s Junk would be released along with a short film more colorful than the ambient symphonic prog rock that soundtracks it. “Temple of Sorrow”—from the film Extazus—is clearly an exercise in world-building, aptly using the music of M83 to bring a colorful ’70s/’80s fantasy to life (keep your eyes peeled for Ziggy Stardust face paint) courtesy of director Bertrand Mandico. While we’re all thinking about Blade Runner today, Gonzalez and co. do their best to instill a nostalgia for over-the-top ’80s set designs per Neverending Story and David Lynch’s Dune.
Watch the video below, and keep an eye out for parts two and three of Mandico’s film in the near future. M83’s new album DSVII is out September 20 via Mute Records, and you can pre-order it here.