Any amount of time without a new Arcade Fire song is too long, let alone the two years it’s been since the last new Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs, made sweet love to our ears. A few days ago, according to Consequence of Sound, the band performed an unreleased song, “Crucified Again,” at a charity event in New York City, and luckily someone was recording. It’s got everything you’d expect from an Arcade Fire song — lingering organ, sincerity, strings, religious imagery, etc. — yet something sounds different. As one atypically apt YouTube commenter wrote, “This is a pretty good cover of a Galaxie 500 song.” YES PLEASE.
As for the next album, their fourth: “Arcade Fire are currently working on their fourth studio album. While at the Polaris Prize Gala last month, drummer Jeremy Gara hinted that the album is almost complete and could see release soon. Based on a series of non-committal answers in recent interviews, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is rumored to be album’s producer.” YES PLEASE TIMES A MILLION.