We’re always on board with a music video about alien visitation (this one in particular reminds us of a Doomsquad vid from a couple years back).
As we all know, there’s no such thing as a day off when you’re working the X-Files desk. Maybe you’ll fit in one art gallery, but it’s never long before a UFO shows up and you’re forced to trudge back to the office. It makes the job easier, of course, when the aliens drop a USB key for you.
Arcade Fire’s Everything Now is out at the end of the month.
What is the Everything Now corporation looking for in the desert? Are they buying up land to build a company town (their own Cyprus Creek)? Is this a metaphor for what’s happening in our minds and hearts? Couldn’t they provide a car for the dude with the briefcase?
The new Arcade Fire album—also titled Everything Now—comes out at the end of July.
The first song on the first Arcade Fire long-player, and still considered one of the band’s best.
Things start strangely, here—they’re performing in a house that has a house inside of it—and they only get stranger. The band members are attacked by horrible creatures when they venture outdoors, and in the end, Régine Chassagne flies into a black hole with a house attached to her head. Is it the house that they’re in, maybe? Too many houses to be sure.
We’re not typically enthusiastic about solo projects from members of well-established bands, but we’re fully on board with this Will Butler album.
Merge Records press releases will tell you that Policy is American music: “in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan,” etc. We respectfully disagree, and instead hear the confident playfulness of a Joel Plaskett crossed with the off-the-wall exuberance of a Hawksley Workman (a perception tinted by geography, perhaps). Policy could, however, be viewed as stylistically akin to the Dandy Warhols’ Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia.
Whoever you hear in it, the one thing you won’t find on this disc is Arcade Fire knock-offs; in eight songs, Butler hits up eight distinct points on the pop spectrum. The only time he treads on brother Win’s territory is on the Reflektor-ish “Anna”—check out the video down below.
Gratifying gospel overtones will keep you tuned in to this one, including—and we reference the “Faith Off” episode of The Simpsons for a second time on The Telescope—a song (“Witness”) that could stand in as the grown-up version of Bart Simpson’s “Testify.” Policy is out today.
Last night’s Prism Prize party—celebrating the best in Canadian music videos—saw Arcade Fire and director Emily Kai Bock take home the grand prize trophy for their “Afterlife” video.
Runners-up of sorts, The Belle Game and director Kheaven Lewandowski won the Audience Award for their video for “River,” taken from last year’s Ritual Tradition Habit. Check it out up above.
The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.
No year-end list would be complete without mention of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor (Merge).
There was a lot of buzz surrounding this release; secret shows, band aliases, album leaks. That can often lead to a giant letdown once the final work is ready for the public – will the album live up to all of the hype? The answer to this question is yes, and Reflektor delivered in spades.
The carnival influence that inspired the band this time around is peppered throughout the album, most notably in tracks like “Here Comes the Night Time”, and true to form, there is zero repetition of sounds that worked for them in the past. This is definitely not a repeat of the Grammy-winning The Suburbs.
But I’ve always found that the truest way to identify an outstanding album is by using the “rotating favourites” factor. “Reflektor” was on repeat when it first came out, then followed by “Joan of Arc” (the shout-along element to that song is just fantastic), but lately, I’m starting to want to listen to “Flashbulb Eyes” over and over. That will likely change again in a couple of weeks: even though we’ve started 2014, this release will remain in heavy rotation.
Watching a new Arcade Fire video isn’t a bad way to start your weekend.
True to form, viewers aren’t subjected to frivolous images, but more of a thought provoking tale. Director Emily Kai Bock takes you behind the scenes of the lives of three family members: a teenage boy, his little brother and the father of the two. While the three lead very different lives when not together, there’s one common theme that can only be their deceased mother and wife. See what I mean?
I’m looking forward to the other visual gems that are undoubtedly to come from Reflektor (Merge).