Category: New Tunes

Arcade Fire: Everything Now

SONG OF THE SUMMER ALERT

Lordy lord. What is this? I loved the first two Arcade Fire albums so hard, and then seemed to go right up their fundaments, becoming more pompous and boring and alt-stadium rock with every release.

So count me astonished that this seems to have come out of nowhere. And what is this they’re channelling? Why, it’s surely a touch of ABBA’s Dancing Queen? Dancing Queen with a huge existenial lyric, a bit of nose flute and a giant choir?

YES FUCKING PLEASE.

This will piss off the rock purists so badly.
This makes me so happy.
I’ve listened to this 25 times in the past week.

NOTE TO ALL BANDS: Find your inner Agnetha and Annifrid, and all will be well.

Shark Smile by Big Thief

It’s a tie between Big Thief and Cigarettes After Sex as my favourite tunesmiths of the moment. ┬áThis is so laid back that it’s almost horizontal and has that effortless cool feel, no more so than in the chorus.