Just when I was ready to mentally clock out and run on autopilot for the rest of the day, Arcade Fire
dropped a new song "I Give You Power," a hypnotizing and grooving track that features the vocal talents of soul icon Mavis Staples. The pairing of the hipster indie titans with one of the most respected voices in soul is certainly unexpected, but Arcade Fire has a knack for trying something left field and making it work, and this track is no exception. The Tidal-exclusive track features a repeating dance beat similar to the stuff we heard off of their most recent album Reflektor
, but the addition of Staples' growling vocals gives the track enough life and attitude to hold your attention the whole way through.
Listening to Staples and the band sing about taking back the power makes one wonder if putting out this song today has anything to do with the Inauguration tomorrow...but hey, coincidences, am I right? No word on if the track has anything to do with an upcoming album, but at this point, I'll take what I can get when it comes to the elusive Arcade Fire, and what we got today is pretty damn good. Listen to "I Give You Power" right here.