Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”: With the release of their highly anticipated new album, Reflektor, a week away, Arcade Fire has unveiled “Afterlife,” a six-minute meditation on the titular topic. Watch the official lyric video, which employs scenes from Marcel Camus’s 1959 film Black Orpheus, below:
After M.I.A. threatened to leak Matangi last month, Interscope finally set a release date for the album, which the label allegedly deemed “too positive” for mass consumption. The infectious but hard-hitting lead single, “Bring the Noize,” harks back to the sound of the singer’s oft-celebrated Arular and Kala, but the follow-up, “Come Walk with Me,” takes a decidedly softer tack, with a summery dub vibe and sing-song melody. At least for the first 90 seconds, which, with its nasal vocals and bleacher-stomping beat, recall Nelly Furtado’s sadly slept-on single “Parking Lot,” after which the track switches gears similar to an early mix that surfaced online over a year ago.
M.I.A., “UNBREAK my Mixtape”: Somewhat of a departure for M.I.A., the latest track from the artist’s upcoming Matangi, out November 5th on Interscope, is a relatively downtempo pastiche that samples an old-school breakbeat, Blur’s “Tender,” and ’60s folksinger Karen Dalton.
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam has been lying relatively low since she flipped the bird at 114 million people during the Super Bowl halftime show last year. Matangi, her first album since signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management, has been delayed several times, but it looks like M.I.A. is finally ready to “Bring the Noize.” Following 2010’s divisive Maya and last year’s “Bad Girls,” which many heralded as a “return to form,” M.I.A. claims her new material is an amalgam of all of her previous releases, coining it “Paul Simon on acid.” The minimalist “Bring the Noize” certainly lives up to that description, though it’s less “Paper Planes” or “Bad Girls” than “Bird Flu.” M.I.A.’s delivery is quick but surprisingly not very forceful (the final bridge is downright Janet-grade) and the beats stutter and ping like BB bullets hitting sheet metal. M.I.A. shared a clip of the forthcoming music video on Vine over the weekend.