How great is it that M83 debuted (via Pitchfork) the fantastic new video for the single version of “Reunion” on New Comic Books Day? I can guarantee you that I’ve read probably five different titles with a similar plot -- superpowered tykes on the lam -- but never in such a... French way before. Seriously, I almost expect that when I wander into Million Year Picnic today, they’ll have a “graphic novel” version of it on the shelves to browse through (let’s hope they keep the lyrics as the narration of the book, because then I might be able to finally understand them). Actually, if there were to be such a comic book accompaniment, it would probably be exclusively sold through Urban Outfitters for a few more dollars than it’s worth.
“Reunion,” which features visual nods to both Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and the recently-departed Adam Yauch, plays out like a Nicolas Winding-Refn directed version of Race to Witch Mountain. It’s almost exactly the same video as the one for “Midnight City,” despite it being a direct sequel, although with a bunch of shadowy government agents pursuing the kids instead of them just having a good time in a cathedral. Like it’s predecessor, it’s a feast for the eyes and ears, especially when the work reaches its climax. People’s eyes change colors, a car is thrown and, by the end of it, everybody watching remembers where their copy of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is hiding, or where their nearest record store is located. I guess it’s mission accomplished for you on that front, Mute.
On a serious note, I really hope that all involved (the band, the label and the video's directors, Fleur & Manu) keep releasing things that continue this story. It’s been a while since the music video world has had anything like Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555, and M83’s videos have been just as good as those ever were, if not better.
What’s Michael Fassbender’s schedule like? I’m sure he could make a pretty good villain. A nerd can dream, anyways.