Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The new Arcade Fire track is good.

Like, really good. "Reflektor" begins with a groovy intro before developing into a tune of classic Arcade Fire quality. It is also unusually long for a single release, clocking at 7 minutes and 42 seconds but it works surprisingly well and avoids sounding repetitive which you could imagine for a track that long. Here's the accompanying music video, it's wonderfully bizarre as one might expect.

Lo and behold, the rumours were actually true as reported by NME and David Bowie does indeed make an appearance in the song - the Thin White Duke's vocals can be heard starting at 4:54. Which obviously makes the song even more impressive.

"Fun" (and entirely unrelated) fact: the safety reflector, which the song might or might not (and probably doesn't even) refer to, is apparently a Finnish invention. So yay.

Alright, I can do better than that. An actually interesting fact: the music video is directed by the Dutch photographer/music video director Anton Corbijn, who's famously worked with everyone from Depeche Mode and U2 to Nirvana and Siouxsie Sioux. He used to photograph exclusively in black and white which is also the colour scheme for this video. So there you have it.

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