Arcade Fire, “Wake Up”
Today’s selection comes courtesy of Rhombus tech correspondent Ben Wagner and his current emotional funk. In his fragile state, it seems Wagner has discovered Arcade Fire and their fantastic 2004 debut, Funeral. “Wake Up” is the album’s climactic apex, an epic blast of electric guitars, horns, group vocals and assorted drums. Every second of the song’s five-minute-plus run time is phenomenally perfect. It’s the kind of track that you absorb as it washes over you, then immediately play it again.
As this year marks the five year anniversary of Funeral‘s release, now is as good a time as any to reintroduce our readers to Arcade Fire. Though the Toronto-based septet haven’t released new material since 2007′s excellent Neon Bible, they remain as relevant as ever. Their expansive sound provides ample fodder for a kicking live show, which Arcade Fire delivers in spades. It is my opinion that great music is best experienced live, and Win Butler and crew validate that position. In order to illustrate the point, I have embedded a YouTube video of the band’s otherworldly performance of “Wake Up” at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England as today’s Song of the Day. Between the music and the crowd, the video provides a picaresque glimpse of what music can and should be. I hope you agree.
(Here’s one for you, Ben. Enjoy.)
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