Before the Dawn Heals Us

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Before the Dawn Heals Us
Studio album by M83
Released January 24, 2005
(See release history)
Recorded 2004
Genre Electronic, shoegaze, dream pop, ambient
Length 61:01
94 mins. (full album w/ remixes)
Label Gooom
Producer Anthony Gonzalez, Antoine Gaillet, Jean-Philippe Talaga
M83 chronology
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Before the Dawn Heals Us
Digital Shades Vol. 1
Singles from Before the Dawn Heals Us
  1. "A Guitar and a Heart" / "Safe"
    Released: 22 November 2004 (2004-11-22)
  2. "Don't Save Us from the Flames"
    Released: 7 February 2005 (2005-02-07)
  3. "Teen Angst"
    Released: 6 May 2005 (2005-05-06)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.6/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Before the Dawn Heals Us is the third studio album by the French electronic/dream pop group M83, released in January 2005 to positive reviews. The album was released on the Gooom label in Europe and on the Mute label in the United States. It was the first album from M83 following the departure of founding member Nicolas Fromageau.[6] Before the Dawn Heals Us was also chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.

The track "Moonchild" was featured in the television show Top Gear in episode 6 of series 6 in 2005. The track "Teen Angst" was featured in trailers to the 2006 film A Scanner Darkly. The track "Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun" was featured in the 2008 documentary Britney: For the Record, and was also featured in the Fully Flared introduction (the 2007 street skateboarding video by Lakai Footwear Limited). The track "I Guess I'm Floating" was featured in and on the soundtrack of the movie Like Crazy. The track "Asterisk" was used in a 2011 Red Bull advertisement featuring snowboarder Travis Rice. It was also used in Gabe Morford and Mike Martin's 2006 urban track bike riding manifesto MASH SF.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Moonchild"   Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez 4:40
2. "Don't Save Us from the Flames"   A. Gonzalez, Y. Gonzalez 4:17
3. "In the Cold I'm Standing"   A. Gonzalez 4:10
4. "Farewell / Goodbye"   A. Gonzalez, Y. Gonzalez 5:34
5. "Fields, Shorelines and Hunters"   A. Gonzalez 2:32
6. "*"   A. Gonzalez 2:44
7. "I Guess I'm Floating"   A. Gonzalez 2:01
8. "Teen Angst"   A. Gonzalez, Y. Gonzalez 5:04
9. "Can't Stop"   A. Gonzalez 2:22
10. "Safe"   A. Gonzalez, Y. Gonzalez 4:55
11. "Let Men Burn Stars"   A. Gonzalez 1:59
12. "Car Chase Terror!"   A. Gonzalez, Y. Gonzalez 3:47
13. "Slight Night Shiver"   A. Gonzalez 2:12
14. "A Guitar and a Heart"   A. Gonzalez, Antoine Gaillet 4:48
15. "Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun"   A. Gonzalez 10:41

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
France/Europe January 24, 2005 Gooom; Labels CD Gooom 035CD; 7243 5 63862 2 8
United States January 25, 2005 Mute CD 9281-2
January 13, 2009 2xLP + CD 9281-1 + 9281-2
Japan September 14, 2005 Toshiba EMI CD (one bonus track) TOCP-66462


  • "A Guitar and a Heart"/"Safe" (November 22, 2004)
    1. "A Guitar and a Heart"
    2. "Safe"
  • "Don't Save Us from the Flames" (February 7, 2005)
    1. "Don't Save Us from the Flames"
    2. "Until the Night Is Over"
    3. "Don't Save Us from the Flames" (Superpitcher Remix)
    4. "Don't Save Us from the Flames" (Boom Bip Remix)
  • "Teen Angst" (May 6, 2005)
    1. "Teen Angst"
    2. "Teen Angst" (Montag Remix)