Arcade Fire: Creature Comfort

As anticipation reaches critical mass for their 28 July Everything Now album release, the Arcade Fire have just unleashed a hyper-active satirical video for the track “Creature Comfort.” While the band, dressed in matching futuristic costumes, plays in the background, annotations pop up on screen—calling to mind the VH1 classic Pop-Up Video. Only, the information here is comedic and quite frankly bizarre at times. The …

Connan Mockasin: Caramel

An emo anthem #PrivateJam, the latest Arcade Fire video from Spike Jonze and more in this week's music recap

Take a psychedelic journey through New Zealand native Connan Mockasin’s second album Caramel, which he recorded entirely in a Tokyo hotel room and has made available for streaming on Soundcloud. Pitch shifting, guitar slides and carefully controlled reverb create the ambience of a softly babbling, cosmic brook. Within the waters, you’ll find echoes of those sex-filled songs of the ’70s and ’80s, heard in “I’m …

Arcade Fire: Afterlife

An emo anthem #PrivateJam, the latest Arcade Fire video from Spike Jonze and more in this week's music recap

No longer a little band from Montreal, Arcade Fire has earned enough respect to do almost anything in recent years, all the while holding strong to their humble beginnings and keeping their independent credibility alive. They’ve maintained that spirit with a totally original live music video of “Afterlife,” directed by Spike Jonze, performed at this past week’s YouTube Music Awards. Actress Greta Gerwig starred in …