Few bands bring the '80s nostalgia harder than M83, Anthony Gonzalez's keyboard-heavy shoegaze symphony. But Saturdays = Youth, Gonzalez's first offering without former collaborator Nicolas Fromageau, is no cynical, shallow lunge into the past. The soaring synthesizers of "Kim and Jessie" are all feeling, no kitsch.
The album pairs M83's expert atmospherics with pop songwriting that revels in the wistful brand of adolescent emotional overload popularized by John Hughes and the Brat Pack.
In the quiet moments between musical swells that mimic rushes of blood, a young female narrator shares snippets like "7 a.m. Dusty Road. I'm going to drive until it burns my bones." You almost expect Emilio Estevez to make a cameo.
Whether this stuff sits well alongside M83's older, more abstract material remains to be seen, but this week's show seems like a good way to find out - on a Saturday, no less.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18
Where: Wexner Center for the Arts, Campus