Arcade Fire are back in a big way. The Montreal-based band dropped their new single “Everything Now” yesterday and followed up with a brand new video today.
Shot in a desolate desert space, the band wear matching ‘EN’ jumpsuits as they play for the tumbleweeds and electrical towers surrounding their improvised stage. Shots of children playing in burned out space ships and watching planes fly through the sky fill up most of the video, with the grandness of the landscape playing up the song’s disco wall of sound.
Speaking with the BBC, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler described “Everything Now” by saying, “There’s sort of an everything-nowness to life. I feel like almost every event and everything that happens surrounds you on all sides. It’s trying to capture some of the experiences of being alive now in all its flaws and all its glory.”
Arcade Fire performed “Everything Now” during a surprise set at the Primavera Festival today in Barcelona, which the band is headlining this weekend. Arcade Fire also played a new track called “Creature Comfort” before lead singer Win Butler had a moment of reflection with the crowd, saying, “I miss David Bowie so much. Wherever you are, god bless.”
In addition to the new song, Arcade Fire have also announced that “Everything Now” is the title track of their upcoming album, due out July 28. Recorded in Montreal, New Orleans and Paris, the album is the first since the band’s 2013 disc Reflektor. Day and night versions of the album in vinyl are available now for pre-order on the band’s website, along with CD and cassettes of Everything Now.
Earlier this year, Arcade Fire played six new songs during a small show in Montreal, though they’ve yet to confirm whether the songs will be included on the new disc. Arcade Fire have also announced a string of tour and festival dates for the summer in Europe, with no word yet on possible Canadian or US tour dates.