Arcade Fire Returns with “The Lightning I, II” — New Album ‘WE’ Out May 6

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

On May 6, heralded Canadian indie band Arcade Fire will return with WE, a new studio record that marks the group’s sixth album and first since 2017’s Everything Now.

Announced on Thursday, the album was previewed with a track called “The Lightning I, II,” which you can experience below:

The album’s artwork is a close-up of the human eye, with additional details per a news release:

On the album’s cover, a photograph of a human eye by the artist JR evokes Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. This stunning image — embellished by the distinctive airbrush color tinting of Terry Pastor (utilizing the same physical technique he employed on David Bowie’s iconic Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust covers) – is the visual expression of WE.

The new album is another grandiose concept record from Arcade Fire, which has always been noted for its high-concept musical vision. It was produced by Nigel Godrich, Win & Régine, and, per a news release, “recorded in multiple locales including New Orleans, El Paso and Mount Desert Island, WE paradoxically distills “the longest we’ve ever spent writing, uninterrupted, probably ever” (per the band’s Win Butler) into a concise 40 minute epic – one as much about the forces that threaten to pull us away from the people we love, as it is inspired by the urgent need to overcome them. WE’s cathartic journey follows a definable arc from darkness into light over the course of seven songs divided into two distinct sides — Side “I” channeling the fear and loneliness of isolation, and Side “WE” expressing the joy and power of reconnection.”

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The track listing:


Age of Anxiety I
Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)
End of the Empire I-IV


The Lightning I, II
Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)
Unconditional II (Race and Religion)

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