Arcade Fire Reflektor

Even Reflektor 's most straightforward pop songs like "Joan of Arc" and "We Exist" are fractured and haunted, reminiscent of the way Achtung Baby summoned the ghosts that had always been dormant in U2. Retrieved November 4, Retrieved December 7, Arcade Fire Reflektor Retrieved August 11, The Line of Best Fit. Archived from the original on April Arcade Fire Reflektor, Retrieved October 12,

That song, one of the album's best, begins with a celebratory Carnival beat, but then—the sonic equivalent to the tricks they've been playing in recent concerts and TV performances —suddenly switches to a slower, dub-inflected pace. There's a charming scrappiness to that moment as the band reorients to the rhythm, like a marching band suddenly realizing they're going the wrong way and trying, calamitously, to turn around.

There's always been a physicality about the Arcade Fire's sound—we're talking, after all, about a band whose members used to find it necessary to wear helmets on stage—but the rhythm section has never popped on one of their albums the way it does here. That emphasis has Murphy's stamp all over it Butler says they all learned an important lesson early in the recording: "If you can get James tapping his foot, you know you're on the right track" , and so do the punched-up backing vocals.

This is the first Arcade Fire album on which Chassagne doesn't sing lead, but her crisp, smartly arranged harmonies on songs like "Reflektor", "It's Never Over Oh Orpheus ", and "Joan of Arc" make her a major presence. Same goes for Colin Stetson, who did the album's horn arrangements and whose uneasy bass sax is the title track's secret weapon.

Even Reflektor 's most straightforward pop songs like "Joan of Arc" and "We Exist" are fractured and haunted, reminiscent of the way Achtung Baby summoned the ghosts that had always been dormant in U2. When people talk about Murphy's production on Reflektor , the Eno comparisons will be obvious, unavoidable, and earned. Reflektor unfolds over two discs, and which you prefer will depend on how many packets of earnest magnificence you take in your Arcade Fire. Disc 1 is raw and grounded; Disc 2 is airier, more cosmic, and a little less self-aware.

The band made an apology, explaining that the viral wall stencils were meant to use chalk or other washable media, rather than spray paint, nor binding glues under the paper advertisements. The build-up to the release of the album was described by Pitchfork as "unusual, ambitious, vague, confounding, a little heavy-handed, and very successful".

It was compared to similar campaigns for albums by Daft Punk and Kanye West , also released in In such campaigns, the music itself becomes one part of a wider experience. Although the events surrounding the album's release take place in the real world, their impermanence suits the use of social media, where the campaign is documented and shared.

In September , a digital Deluxe edition was released. It featured five new tracks that did not make it on the original album, as well as a new remixed version of "Flashbulb Eyes" by Dennis Bovell featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson. These tracks were also released physically on cassette as The Reflektor Tapes. Reflektor received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80 based on 48 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

As the ensemble shape-shifts from the cleaner rock template of The Suburbs and Neon Bible to exotic beat-driven mashups, Arcade owes a debt to David Bowie who has a brief cameo and Achtung -era U2. With Reflektor , they've answered it strongly. Four albums in, their sound glitters with many facets and possibilities — they can be proud of how it reflects on them. Kitty Empire of The Observer was impressed by the album's production and songwriting, but felt that "every track outstays its welcome by a couple of minutes", resulting in Reflektor not being an "astonishing album", but "merely very, very good one instead.

Rolling Stone ranked the album at No. This is an album that sets a new milestone. From now on, we're listening to a post- Reflektor Arcade Fire, and they've never been more exciting. The album was shortlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize. Personnel adapted from album liner notes.

The album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart , selling 49, copies. This marks an increase from their previous album's debut week. In the US, the album also reached number one on the Billboard , with , copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at number one in the UK with sales of 45, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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A re-recorded version of the band's song "Wake Up" from their debut album, Funeral , was used for the trailer of the Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are , which was released in October The National Football League featured this recording in commercials throughout the broadcast of the Super Bowl.

On May 27, , it was announced that a new double-sided 12" single would be released the same day as the full album, called The Suburbs , on August 2 in the UK and on August 3 in the US and Canada thanks to Merge Records. The first show announced was Oxegen which took place in Ireland in July.

They later announced the video would be directed by Terry Gilliam. Win Butler confessed to Zane Lowe that the band wanted Jay Reatard to support the band on this tour, but he had died.

The Suburbs went on to debut at number one in the US on the Billboard , selling , units in its first week. It was also number one in the UK and Canada. In August , Arcade Fire and Google released an interactive music video, written and directed by Chris Milk and produced by B-Reel , which allows the viewer to enter the address where they grew up and the video is then "geopersonalised". In a nod to the Butlers' maternal grandfather, Alvino Rey , who was an amateur radio operator, the logo used by the band from this time was a variation of that used by the American Radio Relay League.

The video also features many other amateur radio artifacts. Arcade Fire performed at the 53rd Grammy Awards in February On April 19, , it was announced that Arcade Fire would release a deluxe edition of their album The Suburbs featuring the short film Scenes from the Suburbs , by director Spike Jonze , as well as two new tracks, "Culture War" and "Speaking in Tongues" featuring David Byrne.

On June 16, the album was named as a longlisted nominee one of 40 for the Polaris Music Prize. On September 20, , they were awarded the Polaris Prize. The song is featured in the movie's end credits.

The soundtrack was released on March 20, , debuting at number one on the Billboard It is also only the 16th soundtrack to debut at No. The group composed the grand, fascistic-inspired, ominous Panem national anthem, entitled "Horn of Plenty", an important and signature leitmotif appearing throughout the film. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like.

More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the [Hunger] Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film. According to Spin Mobile , "'Horn of Plenty' sounds both exactly like Arcade Fire and exactly like a futuristic anthem.

Arcade Fire and Mercury Records confirmed that they would release a fourth album in late The band announced on January 18, that they were selling the church they had been using as a studio due to a collapsed roof. On June 22, , Rolling Stone reported that new material from the album would be released on September 9, These images were collected on an Instagram account and later uploads noted the date of September 9 and time of 9 P. English rock musician David Bowie contributed to backing vocals on the title song, " Reflektor " after praising the song's quality in fall Arcade Fire were the musical guest on the 39th-season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 28, The episode drew six million viewers.

The performance featured an experimental "live video" directed by Her writer and director Spike Jonze , and actress Greta Gerwig. The album was also a shortlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize.

A documentary film about the making of the album, called The Reflektor Tapes , was released on September 24, and was shown at the Toronto Film Festival. The pair were invited by the French street artist JR to DJ at the launch of his new exhibition titled JR Au Louvre , but the two decided to set up drums and keyboards in the Tuileries gardens.

He stated that the new record might be released in spring and that the band had 'no definite schedule though. It'll be done when it's done. The song featured guest vocals from singer Mavis Staples. The proceeds were donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Arcade Fire signed a two album recording contract with Columbia Records in May Former touring musicians [] []. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 29 October Indie rock band from Canada.

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It's not like I'm trying to sing about their experiences. I was more learning from what I saw and applying it to my own life, lyrically. I'm not trying to tell other people's stories. We're just trying to allow an experience to change you. Paste awarded the song a 9. It's a neat trick they pulled there. A music video for "Reflektor" was released on September 9, through YouTube. However, it was made only accessible through the web browser Google Chrome.

For this video, the user oversees dancer Axelle Munezero's journey through the streets of Haiti. The single's cover artwork makes no mention of the band's name, and is instead credited to the fictional band The Reflektors.

The front cover features a silhouette image band's core members. The album's back cover features a woman touching one of the band's Haitian veve images, used previously in a guerrilla marketing to promote Reflektor ' s forthcoming release.

The single's cover artwork makes no mention of the band's name, and is instead credited to the fictional band The Reflektors. The front cover features a silhouette image band's core members. The album's back cover features a woman touching one of the band's Haitian veve images, used previously in a guerrilla marketing to promote Reflektor ' s forthcoming release.

The remainder of the 12" vinyl 's artwork suggests that it is a full-length album by The Reflektors. A fictional album track listing, inspired by the song's lyrical content, is featured on its back cover.

Personnel adapted from the single's liner notes. The song was the band's highest-charting song in Canada, [13] their home country, and their first song in the U. Billboard Hot chart excluding " Ready to Start " which peaked while in the Bubbling Under Hot chart [14] , where it peaked at number From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Butler states, "[It's] about the reflective age. This is like in , and it sounds like he's talking about modern times. He's talking about the press and alienation, and you kind of read it and you're like, 'Dude, you have no idea how insane it's gonna get.

The album tracks, "Here Comes the Night Time" and "Here Comes the Night Time II", each appear on the album's respective halves, with Butler noting, "The second one was actually written first and it almost starts the second half of the record — kind of like after the [Haitian] Carnival.

Both of them are very much influenced by when the sun is just starting to go down in Port au Prince , and it's really intense because most of the city doesn't have electricity so everyone is just racing to get home before dark. Like, the opposite really seems to be true, in my experience. The track "Supersymmetry" was originally written for the film Her , which the band was composing simultaneously while working on Reflektor.

A different version of the song appears during the film's end credits. The instrumentals and theme of "Porno" are featured throughout the movie as well. The lyrics include singing in both English and French.

In early August, a cryptic logo, which incorporated the word "reflektor", appeared on the walls of cities around the world. The street art was reported to be part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for the new Arcade Fire album. An Instagram account posted pictures of the symbol, and included a video of one being drawn. The Reflektor campaign received negative publicity when an article that appeared in Slate in September depicted instances of property damage that resulted from the advertisements.

The band made an apology, explaining that the viral wall stencils were meant to use chalk or other washable media, rather than spray paint, nor binding glues under the paper advertisements.

The build-up to the release of the album was described by Pitchfork as "unusual, ambitious, vague, confounding, a little heavy-handed, and very successful".

It was compared to similar campaigns for albums by Daft Punk and Kanye West , also released in In such campaigns, the music itself becomes one part of a wider experience. Although the events surrounding the album's release take place in the real world, their impermanence suits the use of social media, where the campaign is documented and shared. In September , a digital Deluxe edition was released. It featured five new tracks that did not make it on the original album, as well as a new remixed version of "Flashbulb Eyes" by Dennis Bovell featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson.

These tracks were also released physically on cassette as The Reflektor Tapes. Reflektor received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80 based on 48 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

As the ensemble shape-shifts from the cleaner rock template of The Suburbs and Neon Bible to exotic beat-driven mashups, Arcade owes a debt to David Bowie who has a brief cameo and Achtung -era U2.

With Reflektor , they've answered it strongly. Four albums in, their sound glitters with many facets and possibilities — they can be proud of how it reflects on them. Kitty Empire of The Observer was impressed by the album's production and songwriting, but felt that "every track outstays its welcome by a couple of minutes", resulting in Reflektor not being an "astonishing album", but "merely very, very good one instead.

Rolling Stone ranked the album at No. This is an album that sets a new milestone. From now on, we're listening to a post- Reflektor Arcade Fire, and they've never been more exciting. The album was shortlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize. Personnel adapted from album liner notes. The album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart , selling 49, copies.

This marks an increase from their previous album's debut week. In the US, the album also reached number one on the Billboard , with , copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at number one in the UK with sales of 45, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This article is about the Arcade Fire album. For the album's title track, see Reflektor song. For the documentary film about the making of the album, see The Reflektor Tapes. Arcade Fire. Various [1]. Art rock dance-rock. Sonovox Merge. Arcade Fire Lawson [a]. Arcade Fire Murphy Dravs Lawson [a]. Retrieved October 24, Retrieved September 20, Pitchfork Media.

Retrieved November 15, London: The Telegraph.