Arcade Fire give us Everything Now, get a packet of cuts from Foster The People’s third album, plus we bring you new Alex Lahey, Sløtface, Snakehips and more.
Arcade Fire are among the defining indie artists of this century (check out last week’s J Files if you don’t believe us). They have been innovative chameleons, while still occupying a decidedly unique emotional space. The Canadian sextet’s fifth album Everything Now builds on the art-disco persona created on Reflektor with even more retro-sheen plastered over a sardonic message about modern consumerist internet culture.
This week’s triple j feature album takes on social media, paranoia, fake news and self-obsession over a shimmery disco/new wave beat. It’s packed with violins, keytars and panflutes, assembled by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Pulp’s Steve Mackey, that grate against lyrics like “Some girls hate their bodies / Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback” (‘Creature Comfort’) and “All your money is already spent / Infinite content” (‘Infinite Content’).
You’ll also get to hear a good chunk of Foster The People’s third full-length Sacred Hearts Club. We were gifted three tracks in the form of the III EP in April, and now we have the whole follow-up to 2014’s Supermodel. Despite its dark, shadowy cover, Mark Foster and crew recently tweeted “we wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever”. These dreamy indie-electro jams boast classic Foster hooks, with more stripped back, bolder hip-hop flavours, and they certainly do the job intended.
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