Fans patiently waiting for Arcade Fire’s Reflektor
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
For Montreal-based band Arcade Fire’s fans, October has been an important month since January when rumors of a fourth album filtered through the music world.
Their first release since 2010, “Reflektor” will drop on October 29. Preceding the album, the band released an eponymous single, “Reflektor,” which gives fans a tantalizing look at the prospects of the group’s fourth album. The edgy, whispered vocals combined with the synthetic, but also rock ‘n’ roll melodies that Arcade Fire made its name from, have most fans feeling like the band’s fourth endeavor will be just as satisfying as the first three.
“The Suburbs,” released in 2010, definitely gave the band attention they were unaccustomed to. They won the 53rd Annual Grammy for Best Album and the Canadian equivalent, the Polaris Prize. “The Suburbs” put the band’s name on the mainstream map, but the previous two albums were equally genius as “The Suburbs,” but had a darker, more ethereal feel to them. “Neon Bible” and “Funeral” contemplated mortality, whereas “The Suburbs” looks to the past and future for thematic cues.
“Reflektor” seems to be mixing the two styles. The pop-rock ambiance of “The Suburbs” is very present in the upbeat tone of the single, but the underlying ideas and the avant-garde artistry of the song has the aura of 2004’s “Funeral.” Regine Chassange’s flighty vocals come in full force on the single as she backs up husband Winn Butler, something that lacked in “The Suburbs.” Hopefully Chassange will have more of a voice on this album, as she had in the first two.
Another anticipated facet of the album is Chassange and Butler’s marriage and child. The couple married during a previous album, but fans are wondering if the birth of their child will bring a new light to band’s material. It will be interesting to see how parenthood influences the content in their songs. Family has always been a large part of Arcade Fire’s content, especially on songs like “Haiti” from “Funeral” which concerns Chassange’s own family history as immigrants from Haiti. In the song she sings about her family members that were murdered as part of Dictator Duvalier’s reign. Similarly, “The Suburbs” and “Neon Bible” all include tracks about family, growing up and childhood. These concepts are clearly influential on “The Suburbs” as seen on tracks like “Modern Man” and “Suburban War.”
All of the excitement around “Reflektor” will culminate on October 29, when the album drops. In the meantime fans can tune into Saturday Night Live on Saturday September 28 at 11 p.m.