Arcade Fire, the greatest band of all time, recently announced the release of The Suburbs Deluxe CD and DVD on August 2nd. You know what I always say…the only thing better than Arcade Fire is more Arcade Fire! Well, most of you don’t know I say that. But it’s still gospel!
The Deluxe CD will feature an extended version of Wasted Hours, as well as two recently released bonus tracks – Culture War and Speaking in Tongues (which David Byrne of Talking Heads adds vocals on). If you haven’t listened to these tracks, you’re in for a treat. They are classic Arcade Fire – weird and beautiful and sobering. Win Butler opens up Culture War, sadly singing “now the future’s staring at me like a vision from the past.” Sigh. Oh my sweet Win Butler…when you sing, I feel it all the way to my toes.
The new tracks are awesome, but it’s the DVD I’m most excited about. The DVD will feature a 30-minute short film, directed by Spike Jonze, entitled Scenes from the Suburbs. The band teamed up with Jonze last year for the video for the title track of The Suburbs. I remember watching it over and over again the day it was released. His depiction of these suburban kids – how they grow together and grow apart, all while living closed within those suburb walls, is touching and haunting and is something I think we can all relate to. If you haven’t seen it, please do yourself a favor and check it out. I mean now. Right now!
Both the CD and DVD are currently available for pre-order. This news pretty much made my summer. I love Arcade Fire more with each album they release and I can’t wait to see what they do next!