Arcade Fire - We Exist

The best music videos are a fully realized version of their song’s premise, a compelling visual adaptation of its themes. Here, the Grammy winners have emerged with a David Wilson directed video that is at once strange and sweet, unexpected and beautiful, teaming up with actor Andrew Garfield to tell a story that benefits from his total commitment to the performance, and from the singular tension between live and recorded art.

Filmed in part during their headlining set at Coachella – and afterwards in a bedroom, a bar, a dance floor – that performance is given new and layered meaning through this release, one that suggests a new way to integrate performance with video. It accomplishes this while also presenting polished visuals, and a relevant social message well-suited to the song, without ever feeling redundant or self-important. 

Reflektor is out on Merge Records, pretty much everywhere. This is the second single. 

Belle & Sebastian “The Party Line”

Belle & Sebastian’s upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance won’t be out till January 2015, but today they gave us an early taste with the new single “The Party Line”, a slinky "Your Cover’s Blown“-like disco tune with some Reflektor-esque production. I like it.

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is out 1/20 on Matador