Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Studio album by M83
Released April 14, 2003
Recorded 2002 at M83 studio
Genre Shoegazing, dream pop, electronica, post-rock, ambient
Length 56:45 (standard), 97:26 (w/ bonus disc) 114:47 (full album w/remixes)
Label Gooom
Producer Anthony Gonzalez, Nicolas Fromageau, Nicolas Barlet, Morgan Daguenet
M83 chronology
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Before the Dawn Heals Us

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is the second studio album by the French electronic/dream pop group M83. The album was first released in Europe on April 14, 2003, then in North America on July 27, 2004 to positive reviews. The cover art is by Justine Kurland, and is called Snow Angels. This album is also known for being founding member Nicolas Fromageau’s last album with the band.

The North American pressing of the album comes with a bonus disc, containing five additional tracks, including the title track of the album and a live version of "Gone," as well as the enhanced videos of the singles "Run into Flowers" and "America."

One of the bonus tracks, Cyann & Ben’s cover of "In Church," was featured in the 2006 film Stranger than Fiction.[1] "Unrecorded" was used in the theatrical trailer of Night Watch and featured in the 2006 film, Camping Sauvage.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 9.2/10[4]
Stylus Magazine A[5]

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts has received widespread critical acclaim since its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 86, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[6]

In August 2009, Pitchfork Media placed Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts at #188 on their list of the Top 200 albums of the 2000s.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Birds"   Anthony Gonzalez, Nicolas Fromageau 0:53
2. "Unrecorded"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 4:11
3. "Run into Flowers"   Gonzalez, Fromageau, Benoît de Villeneuve 4:09
4. "In Church"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 3:58
5. "America"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 3:06
6. "On a White Lake, Near a Green Mountain"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 4:43
7. "Noise"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 3:54
8. "Be Wild"   Gonzalez 3:19
9. "Cyborg"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 3:48
10. "0078h"   Gonzalez, Fromageau, Morgan Daguenet 4:01
11. "Gone"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 6:07
12. "Beauties Can Die" (contains a hidden track at 11:17, after a period of silence) Gonzalez 14:38
Total length:
Bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tsubasa"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 4:09
2. "God of Thunder"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 5:55
3. "In Church (Cyann & Ben Version)"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 7:05
4. "Gone" (Live) Gonzalez, Fromageau 5:50
5. "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts"   Gonzalez, Fromageau 17:42
6. "Run into Flowers" (enhanced video)    
7. "America" (enhanced video)    
Total length:


  • The sampled dialogue in "America" comes from the film Don't Look Now.