Oblivion (M83 song)
|Single by M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør|
|from the album Oblivion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Released||March 26, 2013 (as single)
April 9, 2013 (on soundtrack)
|Genre||Synthpop, new wave, electronica, electronic|
|Label||Back Lot Music|
|Writer(s)||Anthony Gonzalez, Susanne Sundfør|
|Producer(s)||Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese|
"Oblivion" is a single by French band M83 featuring lead vocals from Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. It was released as part of the film soundtrack album Oblivion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to accompany the film of the same name. It was composed by Anthony Gonzalez.
"Oblivion" has been classified as a "soaring ballad" that features "interstellar synths and cloud-surfing lead vocals" amidst a mixture of "M83′s dream pop [and] more traditional string and horn arrangements." Rolling Stone observed that the song is "capped with a jazzy instrumental section, just like M83's 2011 hit "Midnight City", while it reminded Consequence of Sound of "Tangerine Dream’s scores from the '80s". Featuring Sundfør's "booming vocals," the song's choir repeats "In the night, you'll hear me calling" over a "bombastic synth swell."
M83 and Susanne Sundfør performed the song live on April 17, 2013 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, making it Sundfør's television debut in the United States. Along with M83 and Sundfør, it featured a drummer, bassist and string section. The performance was well received.
Release and reception
The Express Tribune encouraged viewers of Oblivion to "stick around for the credits that are set to M83’s brilliant title song." Moviefone's Drew Taylor opined that it "might be the best theme song since "Skyfall". The Huffington Post compared it to the songs of Florence + The Machine, while Stereogum's Tom Breihan called it a "slow, stately, and gorgeous" collaboration. Mark Hogan of Spin magazine commented that the best part of the song was its outro, as it included "contemplative piano reminiscent of the Twin Peaks theme."
Russ Fischer of /Film was more critical of the song, explaining that "this one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however... it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty."
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