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WE

    Produced by Nigel Godrich, Win & Régine, and recorded in multiple locales including New Orleans, El Paso and Mount Desert Island, WE paradoxically distills “the longest we’ve ever spent writing, uninterrupted, probably ever" (per the band’s Win Butler) into a concise 40 minute epic – one as much about the forces that threaten to pull us away from the people we love, as it is inspired by the urgent need to overcome 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” channeling 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 center of the galaxy. This stunning image -- embellished by the distinctive airbrush color 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.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: 'We' takes Arcade Fire back to their orchestral roots, eschewing the mind-bogglingly diverse range of sounds on 2017's 'Everything Now'. Pieces here sound like classic Arcade Fire but imbued with the real-world concept of tension and release, manifested as a taut musical energy offset by a jubilant orchestral bliss. Massive and euphoric and quintessentially Arcade Fire.

    TRACK LISTING

    “I”
    1. Age Of Anxiety I
    2. Age Of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)
    3. End Of The Empire I-IV
    “WE”
    1. The Lightning I, II
    2. Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)
    3. Unconditional II (Race And Religion)
    4. WE

    Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett

    Her (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

      Composed by GRAMMY Award-winning band Arcade Fire & their long-time collaborator and bandmate Owen Pallett, the score for Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed 2013 film Her has never been released, until now. The film’s lush, piano-driven soundtrack received a nomination for “Best Original Score” at the 2014 Academy Awards and is regarded as one of the best film soundtracks of the past decade. Wistful, delicate and brimming with nostalgic warmth, the Her soundtrack is a stunning sonic companion to a story of modern love.

      Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the singular perspective of filmmaker Spike Jonze, Her, which won the 2014 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, is an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.

      This 180-gram white vinyl release comes housed in package including 2-sided printed LP sleeve featuring a new liner note from Win Butler of Arcade Fire.

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Sleepwalker
      2. Milk & Honey #1
      3. Loneliness #3 (Night Talking)
      4. Divorce Papers
      5. Morning Talk / Supersymmetry
      6. Some Other Place
      7. Song On The Beach

      SIDE B
      8. Loneliness #4 (Other People’s Letters)
      9. Owl
      10. Photograph
      11. Milk & Honey #2
      12. We’re All Leaving
      13. Dimensions

      Arcade Fire

      Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)

        Numbered, limited edition recreation of a 7" released in advance of the band's debut album "Funeral."


        Arcade Fire

        Arcade Fire EP

          This is the original Arcade Fire demo EP recorded in August 2003 in a barn in Maine, and featuring an earlier line up of the band (Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Dane Mills, Brendan Reed and Myles Broscoe). It was produced by Richard Reed Parry, Win and Régine, and was originally only available at shows.

          The EP features an early version of fan favourite “No Cars Go”.

          Arcade Fire

          Neon Bible

            Our review from 2007 - Building on – rather than shrinking from – their tenure as coolest rock band on the planet, Montreal's finest follow up "Funeral" with a record at once more furious, more melancholy and more widescreen. Drawing strength from their solidarity and unique musical empathy, "Neon Bible" is borne of the same impulse that fired Echo And The Bunnymen to record "Ocean Rain"; epic choruses played from the bottom of Arctic caverns by a junk-shop orchestra. The subject matter manages to encompass the personal and political without missing a beat, state-of-the-nation addresses and post-millennium blues in the same heartbeat. The result is a record destined to fill teenage bedrooms and concert arenas alike.

            Arcade Fire return for their latest album since 2013's 'Reflektor', Quickly following the snap-release of their 'Everything Now' 12" released last month, 'Everything Now' (the album) bursts into the limelight. 'Everything_Now (continued)' precedes 'Everything Now' (i'm sensing a theme here), both of them working together to ease you back into the orchestral, epic ways Arcade Fire have long been known for. As soon as we kick in to the titular piece proper, we get longing but upbeat piano blazing a path melodically for Butler's unmistakeable vocal affectations, before introducing swarming strings and frantic pizzicato bass. It's not surprising that the piece ebbs and flows through minimalistic orchestral lulls to euphoric, instrumentally dense passages with ease, that being the Fire's Raison d'être, and it is achieved without any trouble here.

            'Signs Of Life' walks a little more towards the disco dancefloor end of the spectrum, with old-school hip-hop affectations segueing easily into stabbing horns and rolling, grooving bass guitar. It's another sign of a well-heeled group of composers that they can flit between their oft-repeated (but unmistakeable) trademark sound and something a little more off-piste.  

            Move On a little bit, and 'Chemistry' is a blazing walk across a tropical Caribbean beach, with throbbing tropical percussion ducking the rest of the instrumentation, lending a noticeable compressor thump. Saturated, balmy swarms of reverb lurching into distorted guitar and multi-part vocal harmonisation for the call-response chorus.  

            While the duo of 'Infinite Content' and 'Infinite_content' seem identical (try telling that to a C++ programmer), they actually represent different sides of the same coin, with the blazing post-punk distorted power chords of the former being re-interpreted by the same band but on a beach, mojito in hand, and sun blazing down for the underscored iteration. 

            As we roll into the latter half of the album, 'Electric Blue' cuts an impressive shape with it's neon synths and treble-heavy falsetto putting things firmly into 70's disco territory, while the pulsing motorik rhythms and gothic sulk of 'Put Your Money On Me' and the stunningly evocative atmospheric longing of 'We Don't Deserve Love' are bookended with a closing version of 'Everything Now (continued)' but this time, minus the underscore. Details are everything (now). 

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Everything_Now (Continued)
            2. Everything Now
            3. Signs Of Life
            4. Creature Comfort
            5. Peter Pan
            6. Chemistry 
            7. Infinite Content
            8. Infinite_Content
            9. Electric Blue
            10. Good God Damn
            11. Put Your Money On Me
            12. We Dont' Deserve Love
            13. Everything Now (Continued) 

            Arcade Fire

            The Suburbs

              Having released two of the most inventive and musically extravagant records of the noughties - "Funeral" and "Neon Bible" - Canadian ensemble Arcade Fire create a concept and sound that represents their personal upbringing (in the suburbs) for their third outing "The Suburbs". Frontman Win Butler's vocal lines are smoother than before and are given weight by a looming sense of darkness, while co-vocalist Regine gives balance to Arcade Fire's music with an added feeling of wonder running through her work. As with their earlier material, violins, harpsichords and xylophones, among other instruments, accompany guitars and drums to add depth to a superb indie rock sound.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Andy says: A less euphoric, less quirky record, but I think that was definitely required. They still rock but there's more control. As ever, this just overflows with melody, and song for song I'd say this is a much better album than "Neon Bible". They're as poetic and emotive as Bruce at his best, but with a load of really smart post-punk/ alt rock influences instead of classic rock'n'roll ones. A proper, beautiful band. A splendid LP. You're gonna love it.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. The Suburbs
              2. Ready To Start
              3. Modern Man
              4. Rococo
              5. Empty Room
              6. City With No Children
              7. Half Light I
              8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
              9. Suburban War
              10. Month Of May
              11. Wasted Hours
              12. Deep Blue
              13. We Used To Wait
              14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
              15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
              16. The Suburbs (Continued)

              Arcade Fire

              Funeral

                Our Review from 2004 - Get ready for a splendid new band, everybody. Their sound is a mixture of Canadian folk, new-wave disco beats, quirky David Byrne-ish vocals, Pixies' agression, Mercury Rev's sense of magic, big band drama, organic chamber pop and just an all round multi-instrumental sense of anything's possible, that you'll be setting up your own toy orchestra and playing along. Though talented players, and loads play on this record, it's this sense of fun and cookiness that pervades; this lot are clever but well beyond cool. It's music ripe with the joys of music-making. And the songs are really catchy. that always helps. Maybe chuck a bit of Sugarcubes and a bit of New Order even, into their melting pot, stir in with crashing operatic crescendos and tiny, sweet lullabies and you'll be a little bit nearer to the sound of this band. They're making a splash Stateside. It's obvious why.


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