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Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort (2017)

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With ‘Everything Now’ at the beginning of the month, and last week’s release of ‘Creature Comfort’, early signs are very good for Arcade Fire’s new project. The influence of collaborators Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow are strong. The result is a synthesised intro that M83 or Chromatics would be proud of; and then the fatalistic chants… arenas get ready. Have a great week.

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Arcade Fire – Everything Now (2017)

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Daft Punk + Arcade Fire = ABBA, evidently. The disco-tinged title track of Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now is co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter. Released next month, the album is the follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor. Have a great weekend.

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Arcade Fire – Wake Up (2005)

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Recorded in 2003, released locally in 2004, available in the UK in 2005. When I finally listened to Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral, I felt robbed for the delay. ‘Wake Up’ features all 15 musicians from the collective singing in unison. Bless them folks. Have a great weekend.

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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

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For me, the title track is the best song on Arcade Fire’s 2010 grandstanding album The Suburbs. I can hear The Kinks, I can hear Bowie… need I say any more?

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The Kissaway Trail – La La Song (2007)

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After finding their coupled lead-vocal sound, Thomas Fagerlund and Søren Corneliussen started to create Kissaway Trail’s debut album. It was released on Bella Union a year after the label had brought us the superlative Trials of Van Occupanther. At times, the sound evokes The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire. Not too shoddy a list of references.

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Tears For Fears – Ready To Start (2013)

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Head Over Heels has me thinking TFF… and what would you know, it’s the perfect segué for introducing the most convenient of covers. Tears For Fears have released an electro version of Arcade Fire’s ‘Ready To Start’. “It’s not like the original,” says TFF linchpin Roland Orzabal. It’s not as good as the original, Roland, but it’s a great song and a return to the limelight nonetheless. Are we to expect more from the west country duo? Will it also feature misplaced mistimed drum-and-bass break-outs? I hope so and no.

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)

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Dave and Nick, this is Arcade Fire. Bringing things right up to date, Arcade Fire are letting people (that care) really know that they are about to release the album that is Reflektor . An interactive music video, surprise gigs, coded artwork and rumours that David Bowie will feature on the LP. Well, it’s all true; at around the 5 minute mark, you can hear Bowie add: “Thought you would bring me to the resurrector”. Produced by Bowie aficionado James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), the title track is a bongo-laden disco number. That’s right, it’s out of nowhere and it’s rather good. And half way through, it gets very good.

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Modest Mouse – Float On (2004)

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Let’s kick off the week with some drums. The anthemic guitar pop of ‘Float On’ appears on Modest Mouse’s 2004 album Good News for People Who Love Bad News. But it is Benjamin Weikel’s drumming that comfortably takes centre stage before handing over the singalong chorus. The combination with Isaac Brock’s vocals is very Talking Heads, with a slice of proto-Arcade Fire thrown in for good measure, which can only be good.

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Arcade Fire – Neighbourhood 3 (2005)

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Watching Arcade Fire perform Neighbourhood 3 (Power Out) on Later with Jools Holland in May 2005, you could see what David Bowie was publicly getting so excited about. There is so much going on – busy, passionate and primal, but full of melody. An astonishing song… almost a rallying cry. “The power’s out in the heart of man/ Take it from your heart/ Put it in your hand”. And all delivered live in studio.

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Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

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The long player In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was a definitive release. It’s lo-fi and not easy to listen to, but you can hear greatness as the dynamics evolve from track to track. I feature one song, but the album really needs to be listened to in its entirety. Jeff Mangum’s edgy vocals, the surreal lyrics, the psychedelic instrumentals and those blissful horns are all remarkable. Beirut, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Okkervil River et al would take note. The title track’s “beautiful face” is that of Anne Frank, the reference point for the whole album – so it’s all pretty gothic too.

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Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait (2010)

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Wonderful as this song is, I would have probably selected the title track of The Suburbs if it was not for one of the most acclaimed pieces of social media to date. Wilderness Downtown uses Google Maps, Google Street View and HTML5 to create an interactive video for Arcade Fire’s wistful ‘We Used To Wait’. Do punch in your (US zip/) post code or London (Parliament Sq.) childhood address and take a musical tour of your hometown and, of course, the opportunity to write a note to your younger self.

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