ARCADE FIRE – ” The Lightning I, II, “

Posted: March 17, 2022 in MUSIC

Arcade Fire have announced “The Lightning I, II,” their first new single in three years. The song will arrive on Thursday, March 17th. The announcement follows a series of mysterious postcards that the band sent to fans. The postcards and a graphic for the new song say, “We missed you.”

The new album has finally been announced is out May 6 via Columbia Records. The album was produced by Nigel Godrich, Win Butler, and Régine Chassagne. As promised, the group has shared the video for their new song “The Lightning I, II.” The album was recorded in New Orleans, El Paso, and Mount Desert Island. The 40-minute, seven-song album is split into one side called “I” (an opening side about isolation) and another called “WE” (about reconnection); the first three tracks are on “I,” and the next four are on “WE.” The album’s cover features a photograph by the artist JR with tinting by Terry Pastor (who worked on David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust covers).

Arcade Fire’s last album was 2017’s “Everything Now“. Two years later, they shared a cover of “Baby Mine” forthe movie Dumbo. More recently, the band performed an as-yet-unreleased song called “Generation A” on Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020 and made “Memories of the Age of Anxiety” for the Headspace app. Arcade Fire have been promising a new album since 2020. They also officially released their score for Spike Jonze’s 2013 film “Her“, which they created alongside composer Owen Pallett. 

The band’s last album was 2017’s “Everything Now“, which the group promoted with fake news articles and free cereal boxes. Arcade Fire have been promising a new album since 2020, when they said that work was “flowing” on a new LP. That same year, they celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2010 album “The Suburbs”.

The band’s line-up on the album is Régine Chassagne, Win Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Will Butler. Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade), Paul Beaubrun, and Sarah Neufeld all appear in the new music video and have been playing in the band’s live line-up; Will Butler and Richard Reed Parry were absent for the video’s filming.

Will Butler has announced his departure from Arcade Fire. Butler, a core member of the veteran indie rock band, shared the news ahead of the band’s show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Saturday.

Arcade Fire’s frontman and Will’s brother, Win, did not address his departure during Saturday’s show. Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner has filled in for Will at the band’s recent gigs.

The band’s final album with Will, WE, is set for release on May 6th

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