Artist of the Week : Arcade Fire

Arcade FireThere was no clearer pick for WERS’ Artist of the Week than Arcade Fire– not only was their fourth effort Reflektor released this past Thursday, but their potential as a group poised for the mainstream has never seemed more likely. In 2010, their masterful work on The Suburbs  gained almost universal critical acclaim, but some confusion from audiences. After winning the Grammy for Best Album in early 2011, fans of the broadcast began the viral “Who is Arcade Fire???” campaign, trying to get to the bottom of what was then still an indie sensation. Fast forward two years, and music lovers aren’t asking anymore.

The inspiration from Reflektor strays from themes that grounded Arcade Fire in the idie music scene in earlier albums Funeral and The Suburbs– where these are deeply personal and revealing, Reflektor is entrenched in story and philosophy, a completely new direction that’s already proven rewarding. The concept for the recent release emerged after a visit to member Regine Chassagne’s home country of Haiti, where husband, bandmate, and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler took inspiration from the sound and diversity of the culture in addition to drawing from the 1959 film Black Orpheus on thematic tracks like “Joan of Arc”. Dutch philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s work is also drawn on throughout the album, a meditation on isolation in the modern age (then the 1840′s), an idea Butler found all too suited to being a musician in 2013.

The Montreal band actually began in Boston with Butler and former member Josh Deu before relocating to Canada and adding a slew of new members and launching into a career that built slowly over the course of several albums, but seems to have culminated in the Tuesday release. WERS is proud to feature Arcade Fire as our Artist of the Week!

By Jamie Loftus

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