Inching closer to the July 28th release of their fifth studio album Everything Now, Montréal indie rock exports Arcade Fire have released the third single from the forthcoming set.
"Signs of Life" is a neo-disco groove that gives a clever nod to Blondie's "Rapture" with its bouncy bass line and hi-hat-heavy pulse. The trippy synths add another layer of interest and are authentically retro enough that you could sandwich the track in between M's "Pop Muzik" and Gary Numan's "Cars" and be convinced you'd stumbled on a 1979 period piece. Musically, it feels a bit simpler structurally than its recently released predecessors "Creature Comfort" and the album's title track, but it's still a compelling listen that will leave most unable to mentally escape the oft-repeated title refrain.
The accompanying video is a fun watch with flashy, fast-paced production that follows two attractive special agents as they maneuver breezy Miami Beach in pursuit of alien lifeforms. The tip of the hat to The X-Files is obvious, although in this re-imagination the FBI have apparently abandoned the Hoover Building for Ocean Drive. The clip was directed by The Borscht Corp., a non-profit collective of Miami filmmakers who are actively working to promote and support local movie projects and infrastructure.
Shortly after Everything Now drops, the band has scheduled an ambitious twenty-nine city North American tour to support it, which is set to kick off at Grant Park in Chicago on August 6th and concludes on November 4th at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Also revealed yesterday was the complete track listing for Everything Now, which is available for pre-order (and streaming pre-saves) in an impressive number of formats via the album's official site here:
- Everything_Now (continued)
- Everything Now
- Signs of Life
- Creature Comfort
- Peter Pan
- Infinite Content
- Electric Blue
- Good God Damn
- Put Your Money on Me
- We Don’t Deserve Love
- Everything Now (continued)
Watch the video for "Signs of Life" below, followed by the visuals for the previously released singles "Everything Now" and "Creature Comfort."