Kim & Jessie

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"Kim & Jessie"
M83 - Kim & Jessie.jpg
Single by M83
from the album Saturdays = Youth
Released 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21)
Format
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre New wave
Length 5:23
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ken Thomas (producer)
  • Ewan Pearson
  • Anthony Gonzalez (co-producers)
M83 singles chronology
"Graveyard Girl"
(2008)
"Kim & Jessie"
(2008)
"We Own the Sky"
(2008)

"Kim & Jessie" is a song by French electronic band M83. Written by Anthony and Yann Gonzalez with Morgan Kibby, it was released in July 2008 as the third single from M83's fifth studio album, Saturdays = Youth.

Critical reception[edit]

"Kim & Jessie" ranked number five on Pitchfork Media's list of the top 100 songs of 2008. Pitchfork's Mark Pytlik said that "with its apocalyptic electric drum hits, keening synths, icily detached vocals, and volcanic chorus, 'Kim & Jessie' not only ranked as the album's best song, but also combined with the similarly convincing "Graveyard Girl" to make one of the year's most potent 1-2 punches."[1] Paste's Jeff Leven called it the album's "clear standout" and "one of the best songs of 2008."[2] James Gwyther of Drowned in Sound wrote that "the processed vocals from Gonzalez and an overall air of nostalgia [...] combine to craft a delicious electro number."[3] Glide Magazine's Chuck Myers explained that the song is "like hearing an alternate-universe version of The Psychedelic Furs, one where Richard Butler couldn't write memorable songs."[4]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Pitchfork Media US Top 100 Tracks of 2008[1] 2008 5
Rolling Stone US 100 Best Singles of 2008[5] 2008 85
Treble US Top 50 Songs of 2008[6] 2008 6
The Village Voice US 2008 Pazz & Jop[7] 2008 29
Pitchfork Media US Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s[8] 2009 256

Music video[edit]

Released in July 2008, the music video for "Kim & Jessie" ranked number 47 on Pitchfork's list of the top 50 videos of the 2000s.[9] The video, directed by Eva Husson, depicts two teenage roller skating girls who, at the end of the clip, are seen kissing male roller bladers. Rob Simonsen of The Portland Mercury noted the video "seems simple enough" but that "the dark undertones are inescapable."[10] A Stereogum article stated that "whatever the first few minutes of the clip makes you assume about Kim & Jessie’s secret world, the ending will probably prove you wrong."[11] Brandon Soderberg of Slant Magazine suggested the "make-out session [...] is an age and community acceptable transference for the characters' love for one another." Soderberg added that the ending "maintains M83's underlying sense of sadness and longing."[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kim & Jessie" (radio edit)
4:06
2. "Kim & Jessie" (Data remix)
  • A. Gonzalez
  • Y. Gonzalez
  • Kibby
5:00
3. "Kim & Jessie" (Montag remix)
  • A. Gonzalez
  • Y. Gonzalez
  • Kibby
5:00
4. "Kim & Jessie" (album version)
  • A. Gonzalez
  • Y. Gonzalez
  • Kibby
5:23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pytlik, Mark (2008-12-15). "The 100 Best Tracks of 2008". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  2. ^ Leven, Jeff (2008-04-15). "M83: 'Saturdays = Youth' - Music Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ Gwyther, James (2008-07-21). "Singles Round-Up (21/07/08)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  4. ^ Myers, Chuck (2008-04-20). "M83: 'Saturdays = Youth". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Best Singles of 2008". Stereogum. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  6. ^ Parks, Tyler (2008-08-12). "The Top 50 Songs of 2008". Treble. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Pazz & Jop Singles". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". Pitchfork Media. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  9. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (2009-08-31). "The Top 50 Music Videos of the 2000s". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  10. ^ Simonsen, Rob (2008-07-29). "Video: M83 - "Kim & Jessie"". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  11. ^ "New M83 Video – "Kim & Jessie"". Stereogum. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  12. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (2008-09-27). "Music Video Round-Up: The Videos of M83". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 

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