Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Case File #9: "Graveyard Girl"

"Graveyard Girl"
Saturdays = Youth

The need to know:If you've ever wanted your life to sound like the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie, then you should probably get your hands on some M83. Since 2001, M83, the moniker for French electropop mastermind Anthony Gonzales, has released five albums ranging from the ambient to the shoegazey and is responsible for notable remixes for artists including Bloc Party, Depeche Mode, Placebo and Goldfrapp. But his 2008 album, the aptly titled Saturdays=Youth, captured the 80s teen spirit in all of us, even placing an obvious Molly Ringwald look-alike on its cover. 

Why it's worthy: A theme song for fledgling goth girls everywhere, "Graveyard Girl" plays out like an emo melodrama in miniature. A love song to a girl who maybe spends a little too much time hanging out at the cemetery (like there is such a thing!) plays out over M83s well-adapted, 80s-inspired sonics. One of the bands more grounded "rock" songs, soaring synths and an obvious 80s drum beat play obvious homage to the group's influences, but it's more an interpretation of that decade's sounds than a straight rip off.

Quotable lyric: "I'm fifteen years old/ And I feel it's already too late to live/ Don't you?"

Where you've heard it: "Graveyard Girl" was used to promote British teen drama Skins.

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