M83 - Midnight City

February 13, 2013 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

M83 are a five-piece band who has had international success with this song, however since then they have only had a few various charting singles, will this be the last we hear of them? The band consists of Anthony Gonzalez, Jordan Lawlor, Morgan Kibby, Loïc Maurin and Ian Young. They have released a number of albums and singles, but only few has charted and very little has reached across the seas to us in the UK. But this is a band that will start doing well soon. It's this sort of music people go looking for and this sort of music that is very current, it wouldn't surprised me if they have another spout of stardom in the next year or so.

"Midnight City" was written by Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, Morgan Kibby and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. I've heard it a few times before and it has been featured in a number of TV episodes and films, it's hard not to recognise the song, but it's also one that doesn't interest me, something I wouldn't normally go out of my way to listen to, however everyone has different music tastes and some people would like this whereas others won't. And that is the same with all music across the board. The song charted at number 34 in the UK, their previous singles "Run Into Flowers", "Don't Save Us From The Flames" and "Teen Angst" all managed to chart too at 199, 86 and 86 respectfully.

This music video is unusually different. It has elements to it that would never be found elsewhere. It also seems like there isn't much to this and yet it still manages to convey a strong narrative.

The video shows children who have gained telekinetic powers and they escape from a boarding school and manage to test their powers in an abandoned warehouse. Their eyes really capture me and reminds me of The Host, a book by Stephenie Meyer and soon to become a film released next month. It's like they get an inner strength and discover something new.

The ending scene is powerful but also slow moving and it is unable to end properly leaving us all to wonder what is next for these children. But all is forgiven in the follow-up single as "Reunion" has a follow-up music video that continues the story.

Overall a song that is very current and will be around for a while and it shall be used a lot more on TV and in film for the next few years, this is one song that refuses to disappear. The music video accompanies the song perfectly and manages to grab the audience as intended. Although the song is not to my taste and the video is definitely missing something, I have no choice but to give it this rating as it is a very powerful music video.