Single Review – Arcade Fire – Signs of Life 

Whether Arcade Fire find themselves rooted in rousing rock or pushing into newer, more mechanical material, they never seem to reduce the theatricality. New single Signs of Life dabbles in this, but in comparison to what we’re used to, tones down the drama. The track is built upon a funky bass, surrounded by various horns, siren effects, clapping, etc, etc, which adds up to make a colourful number recalling quintessential 80sness. Win Butler’s talkative tone paired with the mellow funk catches a likeness to Pet Shop Boys numbers. Despite its fun, Signs of Life lacks conviction, with diverse instrumentalism being chucked in here and there, nothing ever making a truly coherent breakthrough. For me, its completeness as a track is questionable. But there is no doubting the entertaining undertones the electronics have delivered. And hey, it’s Arcade Fire – they’re Canadian national treasures and should be protected at all costs.
Eleanor Chivers

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