Stumbled upon this the other night and it’s been on constant repeat since. You can check out my favorite track below, but you’re better off heading straight over to his bandcamp page and grabbing the entire EP (it’s free, btw). The good people over at Crack In The Road put it best — “This kid is fifteen. Wow, doesn’t that make you feel old? Straight out of Toronto, Ryan Dela Cruz aka Hollow Pigeons is creating some of the finest chillout music around at the moment. New EP, Birthdays is an eclectic mix of borrowed samples and blissed out melodies, forming a release that leaves a craving for repeated listens…”
I’ve been a big fan of M83 since I first heard “We Own The Sky” in the snowboard flick, That’s It, That’s All. Since then, Anthony Gonzalez and company have become one of my favorite musical acts and i’ve gobbled up everything they’ve released (at least i think i have).
Last night, the wifey and I were lucky enough to see them play a super sold-out show (tickets were going for $150+ on stubhub) at The Music Box in Hollywood. This was my first time seeing the group live, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I absolutely LOVE M83, but I’m always a bit nervous that I’ll be let down when I see one of favorites live for the first time. Needless to say, the show was everything I expected — ambitious, visually stunning, the perfect amount of loud, and quite simply…epic.
Intro (ft. Zola Jesus)
Kim & Jessie
One Year, One UFO
My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
We Own The Sky
This Bright Flash
♪ Midnight City
A Guitar And A Heart
Skin Of The Night
A few highlights from the show (in no particular order):
I was pleasantly surprised with the opening act, Active Child. Take a minute and give them a listen, you won’t be disappointed…unless of course you hate the harp.
White Sea’s powerhouse vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby was a force to be reckoned with (seriously, she was amazing and her stage presence captivated me all night).
The perfect transition from “My Tears Becoming a Sea” to “Teen Angst” and the vocals on “Wait” gave me chills.
“Midnight City” is even better live and the saxophone player, who seemingly appeared on stage out of nowhere, tore up his solo.