2011 goes pop

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 20, 2011


M83, "MIDNIGHT CITY" | Anyone familiar with pop radio of the last few years understands "the soar," that vaguely Euro-y whoosh that tips every toe-tapper into a major-key rush of euphoria. In dancefloor politics, the soar is a dictator, forcing every head in the room to bop in sync Hi-NRG-style, whether it's "California Gurlz" or "Born This Way." But indie nation struck back in 2011 with the maximalist missive that was French provocateur M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. "Midnight City," in particular, set fire to the oxygen pumped to your ears, with transcendent pomp and a glorious sax-solo-led throb.

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