The Newest Cinematic Excursion From Arcade Fire
  • FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015

  • Posted by: Joseph Farago

Arcade Fire is a highly symbolic band for many angst-ridden youth of North America [Ed. Note: Do people think of Arcade Fire as an angsty band now? They've always felt the opposite to me?]. As a middle schooler progressing into early high school days, this band, to me, represented many concepts of growing up that wasn't being expressed in other music. With their debut album, Funeral, Arcade Fire instantly became a staple in coming-of-age indie rock by exploring the depths of adolescence and discovery. Now, it's 2015, and a lot has changed for the band's sound and image. Exploring their musicianship and their adulthood has become integral to Arcade Fire's progression, plus the indulgence in cinematography with the dystopian, totalitarian state depicted in the film of their third album The Suburbs. Arcade Fire, embarking on about fifteen years of success, are prepared to release a new film for their last album Reflektor. Though its release is in the near future, the band has shared a clip that features their song "Porno".

In the video for "Porno", a lot of the eccentricities seem pretty expected. Win Butler is singing, at times, stoically into the camera while other times hes lying down immoble in the back of a car. Throughout images of flowers, palm trees, and armored men, Butler and Regine Chassagne caress each other and comfort each other throughout the strange and unwelcoming cinematography. Shot almost entirely in black and white, the video adds a lot of distance between the viewer and the musicians, until the extravagant finale where Win Butler is shown relentlessly destroying a drum on stage. I dont know exactly what all of it means, but I guess we just have to wait for the premiere of full film.

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