In order to properly get in touch with this tune from M83's excellent new album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, we should first include the lyrics. Check them out below and then our reaction.
i heard about this frog
it's a very tiny frog
but it's also very special
you can only find it in the jungle
so far away from me
but if you find it and if you touch it
your world can change forever
if you touch its skin
you can feel your body changing
and your vision also
and blue becomes red and red becomes blue
and your mommy suddenly becomes your daddy
and everything looks like a giant cupcake
and you keep laughing and laughing and laughing
nothing is ever quite the same really
and after you finish laughing
it's time to turn into a frog yourself
it's very funny to be a frog
you can dive into the water
and cross the rivers and the oceans
and you can jump all the time and everywhere
do you want to play with me?
we can be a whole group of friends
a whole group of frogs
jumping into the streets
jumping into the planet
climbing up the buildings
swimming in the lakes and in the bathtubs
we would be hundreds, thousands, millions
the biggest group of friends the world has ever seen
jumping and laughing forever
it would be great, right?
So this is pretty weird, I know. But it's a great song nevertheless. Anthony Gonzalez never ceases to amaze me, even with his strange obsession with using children in his songs (much to the chagrin of Carles). First off, I'm no expert, but I believe the title means "Tell me a story" in French, Gonzalez's native language. Apparently there are some theories that a frog like the one described in the lyrics does exist, you can discern that for yourself here, but I think it is more likely that this song is simply about a nice trip on some hallucinogenic drugs.
Whether you are creeped out by the little kid talking or not, you cannot deny that this song musically has some value. With a bubbly synth line, especially for M83 standards, alongside acoustic guitar chords and a simple bassline, this song builds and builds, moving along with the lyrics. The lyrics themselves give off the sense of happiness. The endearing innocent voice of the child, along with what he/she is saying is enough to make someone smile. Then it stops, and the build ends and you are in the wide open clear of the ambient synths as every noise in the song comes together for the last minute and a half and you just sit back in your chair and smile. The latter part of this song is like the moment as a child when you swing back and forth, back and forth and then get high enough to finally let go and for just a millisecond you feel like you can fly. It feels like that and I'm sure what it feels like when you use hallucinogenic drugs.