Arcade Fire - Reflektor

The pre-release push Arcade Fire has been doing for the forthcoming Reflektor is impossibly irritating; fortunately the actual music we’ve heard thus far has been pretty fucking awesome. “Afterlife” is the album’s second single, it premiered today on Zane Lowe, and it’s great, full stop. Check out the lyric video below.

Will Butler tells Zane that the song “started with a Haitian percussion loop we recorded way back at the end of The Suburbs tour … It went through a bunch of variations and it took a while to get the chorus right.”

Reflektor is out 10/29 via Merge.

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  1. oh shit oh shit oh shit

  2. I’ve actually loved Arcade Fire’s marketing approach with this new record. Just because we haven’t heard half of the album before it’s released doesn’t make the pre-release push irritating. I’m psyched to hear the whole thing in full for the first time, especially given that for most of the songs it’ll be my first time hearing them.

    I think something a lot of folks who are disgruntled about this pre-release push are missing is that the band is having a ton of fun doing it. They haven’t settled into some “we’re a world-famous band and here’s how we do things” routine. They wanted something fresh from the big arenas and created a goofy alter ego and played small art spaces. Can see how that’s irritating to people who just want half of the album handed to them as mp3s before it’s released or people who couldn’t get tickets to the smaller venue, but shouldn’t we be glad the band is enjoying themselves and not just going through the motions?

    • Heath, just wanted to say: well said! You’re right: I love how the Arcade Fire just seem to be having a blast with this. It’s truly an album party!

  3. This is going to get a lot of feedback, most having nothing to do with the music but from what I hear, its incredible. Sustaining your old sound while exploring new idea throws off a lot of die hard fans but with music this engaging, lets not forget catchy as FUCK. They are taking all the right steps, just not in the same direction as in the past. Music still sound so great

    • I think it’s funny that people think this is such a huge leap for them. I mean, their first big hit was “Power Out,” which was super fast and dancy. I guess it didn’t have any synth, but it still sounds really close to the Arcade Fire of the past.

  4. Almost sounds like something off New Order’s Lowlife — dance-y and catchy but melancholy too.

  5. …and it’s apparently it’s gone now.

  6. Beautiful. Seriously. It’s a shame the sound was so off on SNL (as always), because this song is huge, and it sounded so… puny on there. I knew the studio version would be better, but I was expecting something catchy and fun, this is like… damn.

    • Weird — I listened to the SNL rip of the track over and over after they premiered it and my criticism was going to be that the vocals on SNL were delivered with a ton more euphoria and emotion from both Win and Regine. Here, they’re taken down a level. Hearing the studio quality of the actual music is satisfying, but I can’t help but think Win and Regine pour out a bit more of their hearts when they play it live and I wish that was represented here.

  7. yeah, so just go through tumblr posts tagged “reflektor”. it’s everywhere.

  8. It’s so stunning. #onrepeat

  9. The penultimate track on Arcade Fire albums is always the money shot.

  10. I am quite amazed on how their sound had evolved without losing an inch of the urgency found on “Funeral”. This is one sounds like an instant classic.

  11. “Impossibly irritating” is a strange way to say fun and awesome.

    Stereogrump.

    • Yeah, you could be right. I guess I was looking at it from the perspective of trying to keep up with it as an editor, not from the POV of a fan for whom keeping up with it might actually be pretty cool. Consider that remark stricken from the record. The song is still just awesome, IMO one of the best I’ve ever heard from them.

  12. Just a little mistake in the article: it’s WILL not WIN who was interviewed and talked about the making of “Afterlife”.

  13. 0:50 YEAAAAAAAH

    This is going to be an album full of pure joy, can’t wait.

  14. I like this track…but…It’s not even close to as good as their best. The comments and initial post had me thinking this would be life-altering. Am I missing something? Maybe it’s these crappy headphones I’m using…

    • naw. it’s very good, but still can’t touch the title track, which is still the high point of this album judging from what I’ve heard so far.

    • It’s great, but a little long; the coda kind of takes away from the momentum. Ideally it would start fading out at 4:27.

    • Hey KidChair. I think it’s good but it’s not great to me yet. Maybe its just because its the single. The last single was obviously much more edgier/darker and this one is more carefree. I think the real meat and potatoes of the album will be the album centric tracks.

      • Somehow I didn’t expect that much response to my comment (much of it was odd fluff though, I’m not sure where you’re going with all that, isuckhard…)

        Yeah, I don’t hate it, I just got the impression it was supposed to be amazing and it really isn’t. But then again I’ve never been the “biggest” fan of the band. I’m confident this will be a really good album, but this song isn’t exactly the hands down confirmation of that. I’m sure it will sound better in the context of it all too. Oh well.

  15. Was listening to Funeral today, then jumped forward to this and “Reflektor.” At first blush, “man it’s incredible how much they’ve grown/changed” and then those first few garbled seconds of Reflektor (which I hear are ripped from Neighborhood #1?) and that first guitar riff of Afterlife bring you right back to the old days: yep, it’s still the same AF we all fell in love with.

    And then I stopped thinking and danced.

  16. Just FYI concerning this comments section.

    You want to know how you kill a troll? Don’t downvote their comments. Keep them at a neutral zero and do not engage in conversation with them.

  17. My God, like half the comments are from the same obnoxious asshole! Fuck off and stop wasting everyone’s time, you inconsiderate shithead!

    On first listen, pretty great song, not yet as arresting as Reflektor.

  18. this new M83 sounds great.

  19. Pretty good song, probably works better in the context of the whole album though.

  20. twerk it out. twerk out it! twerk it out!

  21. I do have something to say here though

    To all that are bitching, please give yourself 5 minutes to turn your radio on and realize what it is on now days the populist is listening too. It only takes 5 minutes to realize how shitty and terrible the main stream music is now days. What would you rather have, a generation of miley cyrus’s, or a genernation of arcade fire fans. Yes the music might not be as influential and brilliant as “Funeral” but the fact that bands like arcade fire still exist in such a shallow time in art, its amazing that they are so popular in a world of just shallow, shallow music, its unbelievably inspiring

  22. No Blues is a pretty awesome album.

  23. Arcade Fire have never been a lyrics band. Sure, they’ve had some good lyrics here and there, especially on Funeral, but they’ve had just as many clunkers (let’s not forget “Eating in the ghetto on a hundred dollar plate”) and plenty of songs with forgettable lyrics. I’ve never listened to Arcade Fire for brilliant lyrics, and I don’t think that’s what most people listen to them for, either. So writing 20 posts about how lazy the lyrics are seems kind of insane.

  24. Or you can always out-troll the troll:

  25. PLEASE DON’T FIGHT! YOU’RE TEARING US APART! I don’t want to go live with Grandma Pitchfork…she hates loud noises and makes me listen to her dance music all day. It all starts to sound the same after a while.

    And I dunno, I like it. Its hitting the pleasure centers. I don’t need every AF track to have soul-baringly deep lyrics to like it. I love Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels) as much as the next guy, but this isn’t some super self-serious group like The National or something. They’re allowed to be light.

    And btw, did anyone really hope David Bowie was under that mirror suit in the “Reflektor” video? Cause I sure did.

  26. My ”Afterlife” thoughts. A fun song and a good choice as a single. Not terribly complex, not terribly simple. A fun anthem with some good programming. Not mind blowing, but I’m pretty sure the rest of the record is ;)

  27. I’m enjoying this song, perhaps even a little more than Reflektor, but every time Win sings “Till we work it out”, I’m reminded of Ocean of Noise, which repeats almost the same line. In fact, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed from the Reflektor tracks they’ve performed so far, it’s that their lyrics aren’t quite as interesting and refreshing as they were on previous albums. I’m sure the music will more than make up for that, and perhaps the lyrics will be easier to get into in the context of the whole album. In any case, Reflektor can’t come soon enough.

    • The lyrics to Arcade Fire songs often allude or echo the lyrics of other songs on the album in weirdly poetic ways. For example: compare “Ocean of Noise” & the rising sea metaphore in “Windowpane.” For example: all the driving imagery in the Suburbs, or how getting pulled over by the police in “Sprawl I” echoes running away from the police in “Sprawl II.” If anything, Arcade Fire lyrics are kind of underrated, partially because they seem pretty lame when heard out of the album’s context.

  28. Nobody’s talking about how cool the lyric video is despite the Buzzfeed-ready typeface.

    Also, let’s talk about the afterlife. Not a real thing, right?

  29. Makes me want to watch Black Orpheus again and again.
    So it must be a great song.

  30. isuckhard,

    You have basically ruined an otherwise meaningful adult conversation about a highly anticipated new album’s second single. I feel like I’m at the adult table during Thanksgiving watching everyone try to swat awat the obnoxious nephew who who won’t shut his pie whole and go play with the kids already.

  31. So this has definitely grown on me. I was a little perplexed at first, but it’s sounding more and more beautiful as it repeats.

  32. Listen to some Charlemagne Palestine and get back to me. Actually this is great. I just wanted to use that line because some of the comments remind me of what someone said on another blog about a review for the new Tim Hecker album.

    I don’t really know what the two have to do with each other but I feel superior because I know who Charlemagne Palestine is. I’m going to use this for all my arguments from now on.

    I am against any military strike against Syria. Fuck you and get back to me after you listen to some Charlemagne Palestine.

  33. just watched the movie the video takes its footage from,Black Orpheus, and it’s pretty dope. this has nothing to do with the music, which is also dope, but good job on having good taste arcade fire.

  34. I can’t but help but feel that Arcade Fire are losing some of the lyric writing skills they showed on the past albums. I gotta agree with some people that the lyrics here seem a little clumsy and forced. That being said, I’ve had this little gem of a song stuck in my head since it came out. A beautiful piece of music despite less than inspiring lyrics!

  35. this album is going to be very forgettable

    • had another listen just to make sure – this song is bland as hell

      • I agree JAM Murray. I’ve listened about 7 times and it palls. The lyrics in the chorus are so annoying. The keys are so annoying.

        For all the talk of new rhythms etc. the only part of this track that features anything rhymically interesting is the short bridge section and the saxes. And they barely appear for a second.

        The rest is just whole notes and such, pads, long susatined stuff. So boring and overwrought when combined with the already overwrought Win Butler delivery.

        I hate this fucking song.

        fucking thing sucks.

  36. it’s funny because i just got sucked into reading this whole goddamned thread and it taught me one thing: the afterlife is real, it’s hell and it’s being stuck in this thread

  37. McDonalds advertising has long been the bane of my existence but their side bar ad on here really sums up what happened on this thread: “If your brain did all the thinking, your mouth would have no fun at all.” Or maybe it doesn’t. I don’t know.

    Anyway… so I’m excited for this album, kinda? But also sort of worried? Wake me one week from today.

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  39. It’s like people don’t even understand that ARcade Fire=the end of rock and roll. Rock and roll fundament: syncopation and backbeat. Sure, Arcade Fire is into those. But you listen to their music: the overweeing hubris of it lies in the complete lack of syncopation and backbeat. Well, the disproportionate domination of straight pulses in the music. It’s

    Try this exercise: Put on the suburbs and play the first 15 secs of each song. Notice how they all have a dominant even pulse consisting of either 8th notes or quarter notes.

    Ever wonder why you find their music boring? This is the reason. It’s like something they simply cannot resist doing. Something has to basically be a metronome. It’s rather amazing when you finally realize it, as I have. If they’d just eliminate the instruments doing this stuff, their music would gain a lot more interest without any changes. But I have a feeling they actually think that the straight pulse dominating every song actually makes the songs what they are.

    1. Suburbs: bass octaves on the piano and kick drum. Notice how it creates the dominating pulse: Bum Bum Bum Bum running through almost the entire song. Extraordinary boredom.

    2. Ready to STart: STARTS with syncopation, then immediately, as if panicking, as if scared or bored, they bring in the bass and guitar which play the exact same Bum Bum Bum Bum pulse from the Suburbs. Result: we all end up bored and stupider

    3. Modern Man: this one is interesting because is has some 9/8 in it. But you still have the bass and the guitars playing: ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba thorugh the entire song. Almost like a record that’s skipping….is Arcade Fire saying they are the modern band: the death of rock and roll? Notice the break at 3:10: strings join in with the guitars: Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba BA BA BA BA BA BA. Quite astounding, and troubling for true fans of rock music.

    4. Rococco. Fascinatin beginning here: has a ba ba ba ba ba ba ba set against a bum bum bum bummmmm. Notice the strong ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba pulse in the guitars. Atmospheric strings of course for emotion and interest and to distract from the extraordinary straight pulse. BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BUMMER MAN. The only changes in the song really are in how hard the various instruments get struck. To get a sense of what they missed: at 1:51 there is a cool keyboard fill. But it’s completely submerged in the BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA pulse. Guitar solo in middle is noticeable because it breaks out of the ba ba ba ba ba ba pulse for about a beat, which really stands out. But was it worth the cultish boredom of the preceding bits?

    5. Empty Room: Listen to the bass. ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba bab ab aba ba b ab a b a ba b ab a b ab a b ab ab a b ab a b ab bbbbbbboring!

    6. Citry With No Children: fascinating beginning. great syncopated beat. OF course drenched in some pedal strings and synths. As if they don’t feel comfortable with that syncoptation. This goes on through the rest of the song. Chorus: ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Still this is definitely the closest they come to breaking out of the hypnotic straight pulse that has destroyed the band from within.

    7. Half light I: ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba guitars. strings over the top of them. interesting change though is that the kick drum is syncopated: playing on second beat. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba guitars throughout the whole thing is dominant pulse. Anyone surprised. Anyone boreD?

    8. Half Light II: sounds like they have gotten themselves a synth to play the msot important part of the song for them. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Over a four on the floor kick beat. Bum Bum Bum Bum. OVer the top of this? OF course: strings. Notable for the worst lyrics ever in an Arcade Fire song:

    Some say we’ve already lost/But they’re afriad to pay the cost/ for what we’ve lost.

    9. Surburban War: Fascinating beginning. Highly syncopated. Although you soon realize that they’ve tricked you. The guitar figure is 1) repeated for like the entire song and 2) is actually a highly disguised ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba rhythm. Pretty cool sounding drums though, but basically submerged under the AF-decreed ba ba ba ba ba ba ba guitar figure.

    10. Month of May: the famous song played at the Grammy’s with BMX riders. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba bab ab aba guitar on top of the most basic punk rock ba ba bum ba ba bum drum beat. This was much heralded as Arcade Fire’s rockout song and proves my thesis that Arcade Fire was sent here by the devil to destroy rock and roll but stealing it for their evil ends, the God BaBaBaBaBaBaBaBABaBaal.

    11. WAsted Hours. This is pretty interesting b/c it does kind of get a bit of a syncopated feel although whenever things slow down or change they let you know they’re arcade fire and the ba ba ba ba ba bas come out. This song could almost be a shuffle and be really cool, but it’s as if Arcade Fire was like: wait a minute this has too much of a groove. Let’s 1) get back to our 1/8 note roots and also have a bunch of breaks in the song, just to make the point that we don’t want to be shuffling.

    12. Deep Blue: This is like another version of Waste Hours but gets back to the bum bum bum bum roots in a major way, reestablishing Arcade Fire’s hold on the straight pulse. At some points it gets into basic syncopation, the accents on the 2 and 4, but in the chorus or refrain they get right back to where the true emotion comes from Bum Bum Bum Bum. Then midway through song it’s completely shifted to a Bum Bum Bum Bum beat although you have a snare on the 2 and 4.

    In case people weren’t bored or hypnoticed. They bring in strings ghostly playing ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba to let you know: this is an Arcade Fire track.

    13. We Used to Wait: the opening of this one says it all. You don’t even need to listen past the first bar. Ba baba ba ba ba ba ba keys that literally play through the ENTIRE FUCKING SONG. There’s this beautiful stringy break in the middle of song that is really awesome AND YES THE KEYS ARE PLAYING BA BA BA BA BA BA BA through the whole thing.

    14. Sprawl I: This one is interesting–it’s in 3:4 so the straight pulse analysis gets sort of knock off here– notable for the second most terrible lyrics ever in an AF song:

    took a drive into the sprawl/to find the hosue we used to stay in
    took a drive into the sprawl/to find the places we used to play in
    “reflektors of our bikes”..

    Why did he have to rhyme worth/earth? They were so far apart you could have just not bothered rhyming anything. Hurts.

    15. Sprawl II: Current popular opinion shows that this is the best song off the Suburbs and it has the most pure syncopation. It lacks both a BUM BUM BUM BUM or a BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA rhythm.

    Conclusion 1: Win is responsible for the BUM BUM BUM BUM thing and the ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Regine represents the forces of progress and love.

    Conclusion 2: Arcade Fire=the Suburbs=DeathofRocknRoll=Sprawl.

    Conclusion 3: RocknRoll=DeadShoppingMall.

    We will never get away from the Sprawl.

    15.

    14.

  40. If you apply my analysis to Neon Bible you get:

    1. Black Mirror: ba ba ba ba ba ba ba piano and bass in the intro and the rest of the song. Bbbbbboring! I guess here it does a cool job of creating a sense of dread though too.

    2. Keep The Car Running: intro is pretty cool. The stuff down the middle of the track is syncopated but notice the ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba strings in the L and R speakers. Letting you know: this is an Arcade Fire song and we won’t ever not worship BA BA BA BA BA BA BAAL.

    3. Neon Bible The main motif is based on Bum Bum Bum Bum. There’s a guitar playing a BAbaBabaBabaBAba motif–basically jsut rhymic. Letting you know this is Arcade Fire.

    4. Intervention Notice how this one’s intro is not that boring. That’s because lack of a strong straight pulse. It’s revolutionary for Arced Faire. But watch what happens when it’s time to really amp up the emotional content of this song and rock out: actually they avoid the babababababblues here. The bass actuals a ba bum ba bum motif mixed with some ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. And you know what? Thjis song is actually pretty great! Although it didn’t need the sustained strings–Goddamn you Godspeed You Black Emperor.

    5. Black Wave: This one has a pretty cool beat in the quiter bits. But it goes to ba ba ba ba ba ba ba during the builds. ANd when it breaks you have the bell ba ba ba ba ba ba in. Then over the infamous “eating in ghetto on hundred dollar plate” you have straight ba ba ba ba ba ba pulse in the bass. “stop now before it’s too late” nope, too late. We were doomed to the Suburbs well before this song was written.

    6. Ocean of Noise: Fascinating interesting sounds in the beginning of this. Then you have a pretty cool sounding rhyhm on the bass. This song is exception to the rule. This was a transgression that would not be repeated. They were careful though to layer on strings to make sure things didn’t get too much uneven spaces of silence between them. This song has the most beautiful part of any Arcade Fire song: the piano solo at the end where they actually succesfully break out of the ocean of violence of ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Notice the hi hat through the whole thing though, like some mad scientist subjecting college students to an ocean of violence of ba ba ba ba ba ba ba rhythms.

    One bets they don’t play this song live.

    Still, notice how different this song is from every single song on the Suburbs.

    7. The Well…ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. Safe confines of ba ba ba ba ba ba ab ab ba aba bababbababababba. An ocean of bbababbbabavioloence.

    8. antichrist tv blues: bass and guitars are actually pretty rocking. Still: the keys are letting you know: this is a ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba song. Bass swtiches over to ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba pretty quickly though.

    9. Windowsill: bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum. The sound of the rising tide of the suburbs. The true voice of the sprawl.

    10. No Cars Go: showign they were geniuses of ba ba ba ba early on: ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba bass and pulse although the drums make an admirable effort to break out of the monotony of the cult.

    11. My Body Is a Cage: Phil Collins rip off. The horrible awful silences are filled by some kind of organ. Thank goodness says the leginos of the sprawl, the true voice of vanilla america. The suburbschildren.

  41. LAST

    (please, God, please make this the last post)

  42. Isn’t it Winn Butler?

  43. Looking back at this thread, without the troll’s comments it now reminds me of Garfield minus Garfield. And Afterlife works so nicely towards the end of the album. Easily a standout track.

  44. just because you use phrases like ” unchanging static and serene in their falsely beneficent pointednes” don’t make your comments of any value just fyi

  45. What YOU on about?
    Your reply stinks like trout
    tastes like bad stout
    stop speaking out loud
    and get the F out

  46. O’ Reilly, you’re such a good troll. I can’t wait to read your review of your least favorite album from your most favorite band. It ‘s old kinderhook to be mad.

  47. I’m also a “Funeral faun.” Cool! I don’t think there’s much serenity or staticness in the keyboard riffing; it displays a very basic sense of urgency. I mean, I guess on a basic superficial level it might be static, but it’s generally bad to listen to music on a basic superficial level.

  48. The Suburbs was #1 in the US, UK, Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Canada, and Belgium and have sold out the biggest arenas in the world. Doubt they’re trying to gain a larger audience.

  49. Well that was an interesting trainwreck.

  50. Wasn’t trying to make it in the music business/artist management field, but thanks?

  51. Or maybe because their last album was a concept album about their childhoods…

  52. dear isuckhard: shut up. you’re obnoxious. and that’s coming from ME!

  53. YOU HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS ARTICLE EIGHTEEN TIMES AND NO ONE IS TAKING TO YOUR MEANINGLESS AND FRANKLY TERRIBLE MUSIC CRITICISM. JUST LEAVE ALREADY. GO DO YOUR LAUNDRY OR SOMETHING. OR BURN BUGS WITH A MAGNIFYING GLASS. REALLY. ANYTHING WOULD BE A BETTER USE OF YOUR TIME.

  54. will you just go to the afterlife already, ya dingus.

  55. At first I thought about your critique and I said to myself “Hm, my excruciatingly high musical standards may also prohibit me from fully enjoying and engrossing myself in this musical composition if the words are indeed as facile as they appear” and then I realized fuck it, we are all on a never ending quest of self satisfaction only derived through the taking down of outside creative influence so that we can quickly digest something new to be placed under us subconsciously. (Basically also the last 10 minutes of Ratatouille) I can cringe when I listen to the lyrics of this song or I can remind myself all I’ve done today is make bacon and eggs and jerk off before work while the people responsible continously bring joy to millions (Yes, people can enjoy things even if by you they are deemed to be inferior. This concept took me a long time to understand.) You can either type away on your keyboard until the adderral fully runs through your system and you’re done convincing yourself you are the savant of the creative and critical world or you can attempt to do something productive. Attempt being the keyword, as if you did anything productive ever before you wouldn’t be here leaving these comments.

    Sincerely, a guy who saw LCD Soundsystem open for Arcade Fire in 2007 so fuck you.

  56. What the fuck are you talking about? God when music snobs go on rants they make no god damn sense at all. Just listen to the music please, don’t look too much into it otherwise you make no sense.

  57. Dude…no one is reading these. Stop commenting. You’re not getting any form of message across.
    The more you talk, the more message you lose.

  58. I’m trying to actually read legitimate comments and you ”isuckhard” are everywhere. Did you do a few lines of coke?

  59. I’m wondering the ratio of troll to coke.

  60. And lo! The cycle continued, much as it always had and as always would: casual viewer beget amused comment reader, who beget young troll, who beget remorseful troll, who beget actual commenter. And how the people responded in much the way they always had, and would, with anger, sar-casm, and thought of rational birth. Alas, it mattered not to the troll, who busily sowed the seeds of future compassion, which he would bestowith upon the cycle as it began again: causal viewer beget… and so on, forever. Amen.

  61. Nah. I just didn’t know how to spell it until too late and then I hit ‘submit comment’. By the way, if you’re going to be Stereogum’s new troll, please get yourself an avatar.

  62. Nah I don’t mind, though speaking of overly serious you invoked the patron saint of pained frowning himself in Bergman. And just speaking personally, I’d Hanks it over Bergmanning if I just want to have fun with what I’m doing. AF has been saddled with being THE band for years now, some kind of Springsteen meets Talking Heads criticgasm, and while I’m sure they appreciate the attention and favor, its gotta get exhausting after a while. As long as they’re still making great music (which I personally think they are) they’re are totally free to be as slight as they want to be.

    I can see why the rhyme scheme is rubbing you the wrong way, but I actually kind of like it. It’s almost corny, but so was “Ya Hey” with the chipmunk vocals and the godly navel gazing, and I liked that too. I think I’m just really open to sentiment as long as the presentation is killer. I listen to “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood and instead of thinking “man these ‘hey ain’t religion great’ lyrics sure are grating” I think “damn I love these backing vocals”.

  63. ‘Cause it gets me a groovin’ and a movin! Come on now. Tell me it doesn’t get the ol’ pulse going just a tad and stir up them endorphins.

  64. Yes. The drumming is VERY good. Keep in mind that James Murphy was behind much of the influence of some of this. As well as Arcade Fire’s love for Haitian rhythms.

  65. You should follow all these suggestions and call your mix “Arcade Fire – Afterlife (Hello John Cage Mix by isuckhard)”

  66. Maybe this is way off topic, but of course Stereogum is going to be pissed that you took up half their board :(

  67. Dude. 8/4 isn’t even a time signature. Stop saying that. You can do eighth notes over a 4/4 beat, but it’s not called 8/4. And who gives a fuck anyway? They’re eighth notes. It’s like the most common rhythm of all time.

  68. I find your reply to be rather shallow and pedantic.

  69. I might be annoyed by this guerrilla marketing campaign if the music that they’re putting out wasn’t so badass. The quality of the music makes me appreciate these gimmicks and shinanigans. I’m excited for what they’ll pull next (I liked them on Colbert).

    If the music was disappointing and not that great (ahem MGMT ahem), then I’d be over these stunts by now.

  70. You’re way too wet. Dry out a little.

  71. That’s KidChair to you, Mr. troll. Good day!

  72. Uh…nah bro. KidChair is pretty awesome. I have to admit, fool that I am at commenting at this, that I have never seen a board filled up with troll droppings in my life. Do keep in mind that as initially humourous as it can seem, the troll game gets stale and old. Eventually you realize that the same cheap thrill you once got by getting reactions doesn’t thrill as much. Then you run the risk of getting banned as well, which sucks. Then you go overboard (in your case, I don’t quite see that as possible, as you’re so overboard you’re touching the bottom of the Atlantic) and basically spoil good things, like the rest of us enjoying Arcade Fire. Then what? The troll’s 15 minutes goes by and when you decide you might actually want to post about something other then babble, you can’t because-BAM- you’re banned.
    Mr. isuckhard, I am a retired troll. There’s no future in it bra! Step away from that dark chasm where the dark shapes live and rejoin the ‘Gum under your regular account and be one with us. We welcome the real you with open arms :)

  73. I feel like I just found out Bruce Wayne was Batman

  74. ”I crap bigger then you.”

    -Curly Washburn

  75. afterlife, omg what an awful word

    yep, that rhymes

  76. Lower case “i”

    Dipshit.

  77. The only other time I’ve seen it (in my span on the boards) was the infamous Corkster. Who left with quite a bang actually. (Luke Worle….could it be…??)

    Now it seems the “stereogumpolice” speak on behalf of the now retired Corkster, with an occasional quip from the bear clan.

    isuckhard is just spelled wrong. “itryhard” might work.

  78. Henceforth I shant even downvote Mr. suckhard. He’s already earned his unmerited fame by attaining every single spot on the week end worst list. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how fame works in America.

  79. Damn straight KidChair. I’m actually wondering if Scott will qualify isuckhard’s(can I really spell that with a straight face) comments for worst of the week because he would fill up the top 10 I believe. Quite a feat. By the way, a little bird tells me that the Corkster/Corky is retired permanently and living in the Swiss Alps with no access to wi-fi. (or to 6 packs of Bud light). Then again, this was told to me by a recipe bear :P

  80. For the record, I’m not isuckhard. My IP address would confirm that. Plus if I were a troll, I’d at least get a tasty avatar.

  81. Luke, of course I don’t believe you’re isuckhard, but IP addresses are easily changed. The idea has been floated on here a few times recently that somehow Stereogum could sniff out duplicate accounts. Any troll worth his toll knows how to post from a different IP address.

  82. shhhh, quiet please.

  83. i’m sure your gf loves listening to your tantrums. keep doing it.

  84. I’m just going to assume this is a character and you are like the Steven Colbert of the internets. I’m thoroughly enjoying all of it.

  85. I like the Sky Ferreira song. I’m not sure I would consider it dance music at around 90 beats per minute, but there’s some nice stuff there. I get a little tired of hearing slightly updated 80′s nostalgia songs since I had the misfortune of being alive during the decade, but I enjoy most of what is happening in the song regardless of the sometimes schlocky 80′s feel.

    Wait, what the hell am I doing?

    This is a joke right? I mean I nailed it before, didn’t I?

  86. So basically where I’m at right now is that I can’t really think of a response to all of this, but I do want to encourage you to keep posting because I’m enjoying reading it.

  87. Well I can’t disagree with any of that, and nice quote.

    Out of curiosity, where did you find the quote?

  88. Well this is looking at their music through a pretty specific lens though, isn’t it? If everything is to be judged by what they are doing rhythmically, then melody, harmony, structure, emotion, lyrical content, and the sonic landscape in general are being ignored.

    I understand that lyrics were touched upon earlier in this thread, but it seems that rhythm has been focused in on and that grandiose, overarching statements are being made about the band based on what they do (or don’t do) rhythmically.

    I’m not going to agree or disagree with what Sasha Frere Jones said in his article, because 1) Who cares about my opinion and 2) human beings read these things, and rather than try to force my point of view on others, possibly in an attempt to appear intelligent and musically knowledgeable, I will gladly not stand in the way of people loving or hating Arcade Fire’s music. It isn’t my job to tell people what they should and shouldn’t like, and frankly, I question whether the profession of being a critic should exist in the first place.

    I will say this about my experiences with Arcade Fire’s music. What has spoken to me, personally, has been the emotion in it. That’s the lens I view their music through. It’s not the right way to view their music, and it’s not the wrong way to view their music. It’s just my way, and I fully understand that everyone sees it through their own, very personal lens, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    On a side note, listening to Afterlife for the first time was an emotional experience for me. I like the song, and I’m going to listen to it again right now.

  89. I also like this song rhythmically.

  90. Apparently the posts I have been responding to have been deleted. I now look like a crazy person. I would be glad to see my posts deleted as well.

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