"Before the Dawn Heals Us is M83's follow-up to the 2003 international breakthrough Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. If you're noticing a trend toward drifting album titles, that's deliberate -- M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez loves crafting antigravity masterpieces of layered and meandering synthesizers. He's also the principal player on Dawn, with previous collaborator Nicolas Fromageau having moved into solo work. Left to his own devices, Gonzalez has made a more cohesive record than Dead Cities. " -AMG
‘A Strangely Isolated Place’ has become one of those extraordinary and rare occurrences; a genuinely word-of-mouth record slowly growing in stature by virtue of its over-riding ability to deliver more than the usual arid and academic treatises on the state of the synthesizer, or solipsistic bedsit meanderings.
“When you’ve worked with computers and keyboards for a number of years, they become not so fascinating of themselves anymore. I gained in confidence after people began to discover ‘Faraway Trains…’ and it hasn’t really stopped since then. This time I decided not to compromise on what I wanted to do, with what I thought people might want me to do.”
The results are an oddly retro-futurist record, which owes more to MBV’s ‘Loveless’ or Vangelis’s ‘Bladerunner’ soundtrack than Ulrich’s computer peers. It sounds all the better for it.
Since the release of both albums Ulrich has been asked to work with and remix a host of artistes including: Mojave 3, Longview, Johannes Schmoelling, The Zephyrs, Lunz (Rodelius) etc. He is currently writing and recording his third album