A new one from Arcade Fire, released just last month, Everything Now is getting some attention, both good and bad. It’s very different from their other albums. I guess those who wanted more of the same are not enamored with it. But what did you expect from this band? Others swear it’s brilliant. I can’t say it’s my favorite Arcade Fire album, but it’s growing on me. And in fairness, it took time for me to realize the genius of The Suburbs. The album was produced by Thomas Bangalter and Steve Mackey, the former having worked with Daft Punk. There are elements of synth-pop, new wave, or even — dare I say it — disco — but in a good way. 😉 My favorite track right now is “Signs of Life.” Love the title cut “Everything Now” and the Daft-Punkish “Creature Comfort” as well. Give it a spin. (Is that still a thing?)
Those cool kids stuck in the past
Apartments of cigarette ash
Wait outside until it begins
Won’t be the first one in
And check out this interview from Beats 1. Zane Lowe talks with Win Butler about the album, his family, the band, and its myriad of influences, cultural and musical, everything from Haiti, Montreal, New Orleans, and the suburbs of Houston, to Talking Heads, the Pixies, and David Bowie. Especially touching is Win’s discussion of his grandfather Alvino Rey, jazz musician, WWII veteran, father of the pedal steel guitar. Learn something new everyday.
Arcade Fire’s Everything Now Debuts At No. 1 In America (Hugh McIntyre, Forbes)
On Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, Pop Can Reach Deep and Be a Distraction ( New York Times