Arcade Fire Announces First New Singles In Three Years, “The Lightning I, II” And “Age Of Anxiety”


Arcade Fire’s latest album received acclaim in 2017 Everything now.

Arcade Fire have announced ‘The Lightning I, II’, their first new single in three years, alongside ‘

The song will arrive on Thursday, March 17 following a series of mysterious postcards sent to fans by the band. The enigmatic postcards displayed the message “we missed you” above a stave filled with musical notes.

Arcade Fire’s last album was from 2017 Everything now. Two years later, they shared a cover of “Baby Mine” for Dumbo. Most recently, the band performed an as-yet-unreleased song called “Generation A” on Stephen Colbert’s 2020 election night.

Canada’s indie rock behemoths have been promising a new album since 2020, after celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2010 album The suburbs. Active since 2000, the group is made up of husband and wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne – as well as Win’s younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

The band rose to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album. funeral. Their second studio album, neon biblewon them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and the 2008 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.

Third studio album, The suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It won the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album. In 2013, Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflectorand scored the feature film Hisfor which band members Win Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards.

All five of the band’s studio albums have received nominations for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys.

Arcade Fire performed last night at the Toulouse Theater in New Orleans, with proceeds from the show going to Plus1’s Ukraine Relief Fund. The concert was streamed live via TikTok and Instagram, and snippets from this recording see the band performing “Lightning I, II.”

The band also performed a second unreleased track, “Age of Anxiety”. The song borrows elements from “Memories of the Age of Anxiety,” a 45-minute instrumental ambient track they released for a meditation app last year. The band’s version features vocals from frontman Win Butler.

Revisit the Hot Press interview with Butler from July 2018 here.

Watch Arcade Fire perform “Lightning I, II” and “Age of Anxiety” at their benefit concert in Ukraine below:


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