Posted: May 7, 2022 in MUSIC

Arcade Fire have released their sixth studio album, “WE”. The sprawling new record marks the band’s first release since the departure of long time band member Will Butler late last year.

Win Butler and co. recorded “WE” across New Orleans, Texas, and Maine with Radiohead’s frequent studio go-to Nigel Godrich. “It was the longest we’ve ever spent writing, uninterrupted, probably ever,” Butler explained in a statement.

After revealing that new work was underway on a new Arcade Fire record during the pandemic, the band made good on the promise with “The Lightning I, II” in March, announcing its sixth album “WE” with the single. Arcade Fire also released “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” from the album ahead of its release. “WE” is Arcade Fire’s final album with Will Butler, who announced his departure from the group just two days after the arrival of “The Lightning I, II.”

The reviews describes the record as “an album that reclaims the band’s trademarks after a decade spent fighting against them.”

WE’s” cathartic journey follows a definable arc from darkness into light over the course of seven songs divided into two distinct sides – Side “I” channelling the fear and loneliness of isolation, and Side “WE” expressing the joy and power of reconnection.

On the album’s cover, a photograph of a human eye by the artist JR evokes Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. This stunning image – embellished by the distinctive airbrush colour tinting of Terry Pastor (utilizing the same physical technique he employed on David Bowie’s iconic Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust covers) – is the visual expression of WE.

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