Arcade Fire sets its third and newest album, The Suburbs, ablaze with yearning for the greener side of suburbia and urban sprawl: mountains beyond mountains. True to themselves, their most recentcreation grounds itself in sentiment. Like Funeral and Neon Bible, the feeling reaming from each lament-filled lyric and synth note is palpable. I’m sure every city-dweller can agree that mistaking jet plane lights for a shooting star, and a shooting for fireworks outside your window can breed human frailty. Every line sung in “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains,” accompanied by soul-lifting, alive-with-crescendo melody, engages the senses–all while simply expressing that complex need for wide, open spaces and human connection.
With such a drama-rich track and album, it’s hard not to catch the fever. So, at the risk of seeming overly sentimental (or straight from the loony bin) for this track here, I’ll ask you to do me a favor: close your eyes; envision a circle of flower-decorated women, hand-in-hand, in a field of brightly-colored daisies; now, press play.
If that doesn’t make you feel beautifully human, I don’t know what will. But since I can’t guarantee that, I will say, its likely that at least your road/sidewalk rage may subside for a whole 5 minutes and 25 seconds. You’re welcome.
Listen to “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” Here