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Arcade Fire announce new album & share "The Lightning, I, II"

Michael Marcelle

The last time we had a new album from Arcade Fire it was their 2017 release, Everything Now. But now the Canadian rockers have announced their sixth album is on the way!

WE comes out May 6th and was co-produced by Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich and the band's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

Butler described the album with the following statement:

"My grandmother read me a book when I was a little kid that had the word “WE” stamped into its cover in broken 1920s gold leaf As my eyes grew heavy, in the bedroom my father slept in as a child, I wondered… What is “WE”? Who are “WE”? There are questions that can rattle around in your head for a lifetime… but once in a while the centuries grind to a halt and WE are given the precious time to ask again in our child-like inner voice What is “WE”? Hiding in the shadow of Carl Jung is the WE that holds each other back and tears each other down the WE that whispers secrets and complains about paradise even heaven is too cold… But also it is the “ONE” of Marley, the Buddha and Abraham it’s the lightning strike of our magic mutual creation it’s the root WE share made of the same dust as the stars WE pray to It’s the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and the iron of the nail on the church door of his namesake it’s the innocence and the mistake the universal flaw and the perfect imperfection The hipsters called it jazz The hippies called it love And we call it WE"

The first single is in two parts and called "The Lightning, I, II". Watch the video below...

Mel is the WFPK morning host. Email Mel at mfisher@lpm.org.

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