Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Coachella Playlist: Arcade Fire

The truth is, I didn't know a thing about Arcade Fire until they ran away with the biggest prize at this year's Grammys. And though I realized then that there must be a reason why they have both that shiny new paperweight and a spot headlining at Coachella, I didn't make a huge effort to listen to their music until tonight. 

I didn't realize there was a sound to the restlessness, nostalgia, acceptance of life's disappointments, and stark awareness of the years slipping past that so dogs those hanging halfway between youth and maturity until I listened to Arcade Fire's album, The Suburbs. It's music that definitely resonates with me, and I'm glad Coachella gave me the reason to dig in.

These days my life, I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface
'Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They're calling at me, come and find your kind
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl
- The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Now our lives are changing fast
Hope that something pure can last
It seems strange
How we used to wait for letters to arrive
But what's stranger still
Is how something so small can keep you alive
- We Used To Wait

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling again
- The Suburbs


  1. They are one of my favorite bands. You should check out some of their older stuff, specifically their Funeral album. I think that is going to remain their best album and I am surprised yet a little bit glad they did not get too much recognition right away. Each and every single song in there is out of the ordinary. That album was written after a bunch of their members started going through traumatic events such as losing loved ones.

  2. I loves me some Arcade Fire. I agree with Jan should definitely check out Funeral. My fave song is 'Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)'. Also, check out 'Wake Up' I imagine the place will go nuts if they play that!

  3. Another friend just told me to check out Funeral, too, so I will definitely look that up tonight. Thanks guys, I am loving the recommendations! Will try to get some video at Coachella to share with all of you!


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