M83 Announces the release of
Photo: M83 (Andrew Arthires/Mute Records)

M83 today announces his third feature film soundtrack, Knife + Heart, will be released digitally March 8on Mute. Knife + Heart, a French film directed by Yann Gonzalez – the brother of M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez – premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. This is also the first time Anthony Gonzalez has reunited with original M83 member Nicolas Fromageau since the group’s first two full-length releases, 2001’s self-titled studio album and 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost GhostsKnife + Heart represents the first new collection of original M83 music since 2016’s Junk with more to come in the near future.
 
Listen to new song “Karl” above. 
 
The Knife + Heart soundtrack will be available on digital services beginning March 8 with physical formats to follow on April 26 including a blood red double vinyl edition. Pre-order physical formats here.
 
Knife + Heart is a noir-tinged erotic slasher that explores the seedy underbelly of Paris in the 1970s. Vanessa Paradis stars as Anne, the producer of third-rate gay pornography who strives to win back the affections of Lois – her editor and erstwhile lover – by shooting her most ambitious film yet. But events take a violent and dark turn when one after another, Anne’s actors fall prey to a masked killer whose bloodlust knows no bounds. Watch the trailer for Knife + Heart here.
 
Reflecting on the inspiration for Knife + Heart’s soundtrack, Yann Gonzalez says, “We wanted to recapture the Gialli ambiance of the ‘70s, to feel that sinister yet sentimental tone. Anthony and I
are both poetical and even sentimental, in a certain way. We wanted to dive in headlong,
particularly as melancholy and poetry are found in numerous ‘70s horror film soundtracks, from films
by Lucio Fulci to those by Mario Bava. I’m thinking in particular of the harrowing soundtracks of
Don’t Torture a Duckling or Twitch of the Death Nerve.
 
Commenting on the source material, he adds, “This principle of pleasure came rushing back. I got Anthony to listen to some old soundtracks from straight and gay porn films. He quickly gathered the musical codes and finally, the most beautiful tracks in Knife + Heart – the most pleasurable ones – are probably the ones he recreated for the film’s fake porn movies.”
 
M83 previously provided the soundtrack for Yann’s debut full-length feature, You And The Night.
 
Knife + Heart will be screened at select theaters in the United States. See below for a listing of confirmed engagements including those screenings featuring a special Q&A with director Yann Gonzalez.