Image Credit: Kevin WestenbergHints and rumors about Arcade Fire’s next move have been replaced by something a little more tangible thanks to an eagle-eyed shopper in Glasgow. That record-store patron recently stumbled across what certainly looks like a new double-A-side, white-label 12″ vinyl single from the Canadian band. (Check out a pic at Pitchfork.) The two tracks therein, “The Suburbs” and “Month of May,” swiftly made it to BBC Radio 1 today, after which they were ripped and posted online. You can stream low-quality versions of both new songs over at Vulture.
So how are they? Pretty good! I like the way “The Suburbs” combines lyrics about ranch-house ennui with jangly guitars and honky-tonk piano. “Sometimes I can’t believe it/I’m moving past the feeling,” Win Butler sings — at least, I think that’s what he’s saying. These instant radio rips can be hard to follow. For that reason, I’m suspending judgment on “Month of May,” a jittery rocker whose fuzzed-out production could be energizing or annoying in the final mix. Until we get a higher-quality version, there’s no way to know.
When a band is as beloved as Arcade Fire, though, even early listens like this will inevitably be memorized and parsed over by fans. Give “The Suburbs” and “Month of May” a spin and let us know if you like Arcade Fire’s latest — and whether this makes you more or less excited for their next album, details of which have yet to be announced.
MAY 27 UPDATE: Arcade Fire announced today via press release that its third studio full-length, also titled The Suburbs, will arrive Aug. 3. The band also has a higher-quality stream of both tracks on its official website. Still not entirely sold on “Month of May,” but “The Suburbs” sounds even more awesome now. Whee!
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