Po­etic funk

New Straits Times - - Groove -


BE­FORE talk­ing about the lat­est work from a band that have been around since the turn of the mil­len­nium, firstly, it is im­por­tant to es­tab­lish the mu­si­cal clout of Ar­cade Fire. It is a band from Mon­treal, Que­bec, Canada, where some of the best mu­sic of to­day is be­ing made

and still, many see them as be­ing at the apex of mu­si­cal cre­ativ­ity in the re­gion.

Ar­cade Fire is as syn­ony­mous to Mon­treal as pou­tine, ice hockey and the bit­ing cold win­ter. Its mem­bers are re­ferred as mu­si­cal role mod­els by al­most all Cana­dian mu­si­cians, and for a good rea­son. Hav­ing had the priv­i­lege to re­view its mas­ter­piece

(2013), it’s hard to feel sat­is­fied with only five stars to give the new record. Still, a re­view is a re­view, so here goes.

is the up­com­ing track, four years in the mak­ing as the band al­ways pushes the bar on mu­sic. It is its po­etic mes­sage to to­day’s gen­er­a­tion, its protest against the cor­po­rate machi­na­tions of to­day’s world and its at­tempt to hold to­gether a world quickly break­ing to pieces.

The ti­tle track has al­ready hit No. 1 on the Bill­board charts, en­sur­ing the mes­sage is not fall­ing on deaf ears. De­spite the key­board at­tempt­ing to di­rect you to a pos­i­tive mood, the song clearly holds a mes­sage that warns against the il­lu­sion of in­for­ma­tion in a time where in­for­ma­tion is so read­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

is the sec­ond sin­gle that makes you ques­tion the val­ues you hold so dear, the ones you see on what­ever screen you choose, and be­lit­tles every sin­gle one. The syn­the­sis­ers and scream­ing back­ing vo­cals clearly chan­nel frus­tra­tion, and if the track doesn’t reach a dark place deep in­side you, then, good for you.

brings fa­mil­iar­ity to Ar­cade Fire fans, the funky vibes and de­cep­tively sim­ple vo­cals feel al­most like episode two of Re­flek­tor.

will again put Ar­cade Fire at the fore­front for award nom­i­na­tions around the world, if not in the heart of lis­ten­ers.

5/5 the best parts of fun­da­men­tal hip hop), he stuck at it and kept work­ing.

show­case his tal­ent for sit­ting on his work un­til he found the best fit and the right an­swers from the right peo­ple (Charli XCX and De­si­igner).

Da­mon Al­barn is a per­sonal hero, and he does not dis­ap­point on both chan­nelling the trop­i­cal in­flu­ence of Mura Masa and the melan­choly of the master­mind be­hind Go­ril­laz. The stand­out tracks, though, are the ones where the dis­tinct house sounds in­vite a shuf­fling of feet and wav­ing of hands.

Bon­zai and Nao are per­fect vo­cal sup­port on and It’s only a mat­ter time be­fore (ar­guably) big­ger names in mu­sic come knock­ing on his door, ask­ing to lend his tal­ents and his craft in the cre­ation of their own al­bums.


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