The anxious anticipation surrounding the release of Arcade Fire’s upcoming album The Suburbs has hit fever pitch with the first airings of the North American and UK singles yesterday. It was that man Zane Lowe again who dropped ‘We Used To Wait’ on Radio 1 and ‘Ready to Start’ was played on U.S radio earlier in the day.
It’s hard to gauge after only a few listens but they sound much more rooted in what we’ve become accustomed to expecting from ‘Arcade Fire’ unlike the punky ‘Month of May/The Suburbs’ leaked a few weeks ago. While pertaining many of the usual characteristics there is still an air of freshness, unfamiliarity and discovery. While you can make up your own mind, on first impressions, ‘Ready To Start’ is murky, dark, bass-driven and quite similar to ‘Neon Bible’. ‘We Used To Wait’ is built on a ditsy piano and is as uplifting as it is beautiful, this one keeps demanding more and more attention.
The final judgement is up to you, have a listen to the radio rips below, so, what do you reckon?