Monday, August 13, 2007

arcade fire - no cars go

I wonder why this song was remade for Black Mirror ? I mean couldn't it stay a great little jem from their first overlooked album?
It does fit in with Black Mirror and really sounds like it belongs...but it's after the fact and this version doesn't have quite the same energy, it builds quicker, the verses are different.
The first time my girlfriend heard it she thought it was a cover.
I like the song a lot and don't mind hearing it again...I like the original better, that's it.
Now another unreleased track is worth hearing no matter what.
If this is anything like the 'Keep the Car Running' 7", it will be everywhere.

Norman records says:
Hey Arcade Fire with their rip roaring 7" called No Cars Go. So exciting and fresh it makes me want to go vac my dirty car ready for a summer of camping and road trips. It weaves and dances with such intensity like (haha Phil says Deacon Blue!!) like Polyphonic Spree or Sigur Ros at their very best. In fact as the choir kicks in at the end its got euphoric and epic written all over it. B-side called Surf City (Eastern Bloc) is are moody slow and forboding number which builds into a choir backed sway from side to side.

There is a school of thought that suggests 'No Cars Go' was just fine in its original form, as found on Arcade Fire's debut EP, and hence never needed to be re-recorded. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be bowled over by this new version, however (the same that appears on the truly magnificent Neon Bible album). Not only has the scale of the production been taken just about as far as is conceivable, but the sheer intensity of the band's own performance easily matches all the extra orchestration. I know there's been a bit of a backlash against the band since Neon Bible came out, but for goodness sake people, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer use of six minutes. There's an exclusive B-side thrown into the bargain too: 'Surf City Eastern Bloc' is a far cry from the sonic density of the A-side, instead favouring a more moody, spacious sound, with sparse, booming drums carrying Win Butler's mournful tones along. Oh, and there's a Hungarian military choir on it too. Obviously. ...
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