ACL Day 1: M83
Lights set their sights to the sky as people congregated to the Barton Springs stage for M83’s grandiose and heartfelt performance. To begin their set, Yann Gonzalez and Morgan Kibby’s booming croons reverberated in late night sky as metallic synths lightly coated their voices in “Intro.” Later into their set, Morgan Kibby’s dulcet falsetto in “We Own the Sky” climaxed off into a chaotic precipice, as a clarion of synth arpeggios and distorted guitars filled the air. The band followed with fan favorite “Midnight City,” where sax man Ian Young stole the night with a sexy and sweeping solo.
The M83 exodus began to migrate to the Bud Light stage to see the Black Keys, but that didn’t hinder the band’s energy that was soon to follow. While people left, the bubbly synths to “Couleurs” began a groove amongst the sea of flailing bodies. It was a futuristic spectacle, as flashing neon colors adorned the stage while electric tom-toms, aggressive drumming, and deranged saxophone solos fused together into a six-minute unbridled jam. — Text by Alejandra Ramírez, photos by Jaime Monzón