M83 does '80s angst proud

Few film directors use pop music the way John Hughes did back in the '80s.

Simple Minds' “Don't You (Forget About Me)” conjures images of flannel-shirted Judd Nelson bounding across a football field. Many people can't hear OMD's “If You Leave” without picturing the big kiss at the prom in “Pretty in Pink's” finale.

No band had successfully captured the cinematic angst of those '80s John Hughes films until French electronic act M83 released “Saturday = Youth” last spring.

Inspired by the '80s music and films that M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez loved as a teen in the '90s, the album could easily have been the soundtrack to a John Hughes film. The sustained guitar jangle and airy synthesizers of songs like “Kim & Jessie” and “Graveyard Girl” beg for a Molly Ringwald cameo. Gonzalez even used recording equipment from that era.

On its previous albums, the largely instrumental band attracted fans of both mood-inducing electro-goth and instrumental rock. On “Saturday,” though the material remains atmospheric and modern, it's also Gonzalez's most accessible, pop-oriented record.

So dig out your fingerless gloves and flowered bowler hat to celebrate M83's first time in Charlotte.