Doing for synths what MBV did for guitars, French duo M83 have created an intensely beautiful wall of sound that is sometimes so dense as to be overwhelming. Named after a gorgeous spiral galaxy in the Andromeda Strain (and not after a noxious British freeway), the music is appropriate to their moniker: it is a swirling mass of thick sound alive with mystery and beauty. The songs melt together into a glacier destroying everything in sight, but they maintain individual entities, and for every massive moment like "In Church" or "Cyborg" there are moments of fleeting fragilty like "Beauties Can Die", a fourteen minute treasure that spends most of its time in reverent silence.
Because of its import status, this wasn't in consideration for many top ten lists from 2003, which is a shame: in hindsight, it was a rather weak year for music, and this album is head and shoulders above other releases from those twelve months - even if it was only in Europe. Get it today! It is well worth the money, especially if you find it for cheaper.