M83 Will Release New Album ‘Junk’ This April
The French dream-pop outfit will release Junk on April 8 via Mute. The track list and cover art are still forthcoming. This is M83’s second album produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen. (He also helmed Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.) Frontman Anthony Gonzalez previously described the upcoming album as “epic,” “eclectic” and complete with “unexpected” guest contributions. He also said the record was inspired by ‘70s and ‘80s American sitcoms like Punky Brewster and Who’s the Boss?
“I feel like TV shows are starting to sound and look the same,” Gonzalez said. “There’s no more passion anymore. So this album is a tribute to those old-fashioned shows.”
Junk is M83’s first album without keyboardist Morgan Kibby since 2008’s Saturdays = Youth. Gonzalez is currently holding auditions for a replacement for the band’s upcoming tour. Those dates will launch on April 6 in New Orleans with more stops scheduled through August. Gonzalez and company will make appearances at this year’s Coachella, Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Firefly, WayHome, Osheaga and MoPop festivals. They will also play a show with Tame Impala on June 16 in Columbia, Md.