Receive. Revive. Rejuvenate. Reenergize. Reflektor.
Referencing Joan of Arc and the musically interwoven relationship of classic Greek mythology’s Orpheus and Eurydice while sharing thoughts on Heaven and Hell and waxing with existential questions throughout their new album, Arcade Fire have indeed inserted themselves as the 21st century’s version of philosophers…set to music, no less.
On Reflektor, words sung in French as well as English engage the listener in an internationally enlightened music experience. Insight into the opposing worlds of night and day, challenging inquiries on what music, heaven, and normalcy mean in the world today make up more than just a new release from the biggest band in the world right now. These intriguing themes make up what the human race should be made up of, and this isn’t something that can be made up, be imagined. This is tremendous truth. This is fantastical reality. This is Reflektor.
Experimenting with new sounds, genres, and even new video performance pieces, Arcade Fire has created something multi-dimensional with their newest album. The double-disc output, which at first take doesn’t make sense split up into two discs of only six and seven tracks, respectively, is something music lovers and critics will be talking about for decades. They have at once taken listeners on a musical teleportation to the future while ratifying a retro concept of old school punk and ska bands who adapted their sound later in their careers to evolve and reach an even broader audience in some sense. The result is a culmination of a band recognizing their star space and creating a record that is more than rock and roll, more than music as a whole. Reflektor is a rejuvenating journey.
The album and the creation has no lack of star power, that’s for certain. James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced the majority of the record. Spike Jonze has gotten in on the fun again, this time directing the attached video for Arcade Fire’s performance at the You Tube Music Awards. David Bowie makes an appearance in the video for the title track. They performed on Saturday Night Live, with an extended performance afterwards that featured several stars and personalities contributing to the Reflektor movement.
The art school nature in the makeup of Arcade Fire allows them to explore all the nooks and crannies of not just music but film, performance art, and visual art. Each aspect has only gotten stronger over the years, which makes for the strength of not only the band’s music, but the accompanying unifying undertones to take shape, making Arcade Fire the best thing happening in music right now. With a Best Album Grammy now under their belt for their previous output, 2011’s savage journey to the core of American hopes and dreams The Suburbs, they’re starting to grasp and indulge in their superstardom and reach with this effort.
Reflektor relishes in its strong lyrics while relinquishing any doubt in the band’s ability to be one of the greatest to ever do it. The unforeseen super symmetry between not only the two volumes of Reflektor but in the messages relayed in each is what strengthens the case for a band who just keeps getting stronger as the years go by. From Funeral to Neon Bible to The Suburbs to Reflektor, Arcade Fire shows the world of music how it’s supposed to be done with knowledge, challenging and smashing any sense of some status quo, and musical virtuosity.
Thought you were praying to the resurrector? Thought you found a way to enter? Thought you found the connector?
It was just a reflector…