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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Arcade Fire, Martin Courtney, Ellevator, Metric, Trombone Shorty added to our New Music bin

Arcade Fire: Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)

The second single to emerge ahead of the upcoming album We is "a lullaby for the end times, sung to my son, but for everyone," says frontman Win Butler. “There’s nothing saccharine about unconditional love in a world that is coming apart at the seams.” During their surprise set at Coachella, Rolling Stone reports, Butler got so emotional performing the song that the band "had to stop and start again after he composed himself." The album, due this week, was produced by Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich along with Butler and his wife and bandmate, RĂ©gine Chassagne.

Martin Courtney: Corncob

The second solo album from the Real Estate frontman, Magic Sign, is coming in June. This opening track, Courtney says, is a recollection of "the end of youth, pre-adulthood," of driving aimlessly with friends "to get as completely lost as possible ... Eventually getting home using these little green signs that are posted throughout the New Jersey suburbs telling you which way to go to reach different towns. We called them magic signs.” Brooklyn Vegan calls it "a nicely mellow track bathed in pedal steel and nostalgia." 

Ellevator: Slip

The Hamilton, Ontario-based trio's first full-length album, The Words You Spoke Still Move Me, comes out this week. On this track, singer Nabi Sue Bersche says, "We went full prog-rock ... and tapped into some mythological nerdery." It's based on a Scottish fable about a Selkie - a seal/woman captured and held against her will on land. "Our Selkie returns to the water after drowning the man who held her captive. It’s easy to imbue elemental stories like this with all sorts of meanings. I think this one is about killing the things that hold us captive and returning to the water, wherever that is for you."

Metric: All Comes Crashing

Photo: credit: Justin Broadbent
The Toronto band just announced that its eight studio album, Formentera, is coming in July. This first single is a love-in-a-time-of-calamity song. "When push it comes to shove / We do not fall out of love," Emily Haines sings. "There’s no one I would rather be lying beside / When it all comes crashing." (Didn't Frodo say something like that to Sam at Mount Doom?) The band says the album is named for an island near Ibiza, a "dream destination" they read about while stuck in Toronto during the pandemic. Says Haines: "We came to this realization that it wasn’t even about an actual place anymore, it was about creating an escape for yourself in your mind because you’re powerless over so many things.”

Trombone Shorty: Lie to Me

We're featuring another track from the just-released LP, Lifted, by the musician who will headline the closing night of this week's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The trombone wizard also plays trumpet and tuba on this track, and brings in the drumline from his alma mater, Warren Easton High School, evoking a parade through the streets of his native city. 

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