One of the most exciting independent acts to come to prominence in this century, Canada’s Arcade Fire has attracted a significant audience with their vibrant and eclectic and aggressively political lyrics. The band has maintained its relevance by striving to make their output more expansive.
The group’s first two albums were intricate baroque pop records while their later day work has incorporated art punk, world beat and dance rock influences into their signature sound. They’ve also said relevant in an ever-shift music landscape to release some of the most visually impressive music videos of their era.
“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
The winsome and stirring “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels”) was the track that introduced Arcade Fire to the world. It's attended music video serves as an appropriate introduction to the band by putting their idiosyncratic formalism and art rock influences at the forefront.
The chiaroscuro short for “Black Mirror” is as gloomy and opaque as the song it was created to promote. It’s also extraordinarily captivating, weaving an impressionistic tale of a man striving to transcend oppression in a world full of suffocating darkness.
“Ready to Start”
“Ready to Start” hits the mark all concert videos be aiming for; making the viewer believe a live performance by the recording artist in question look like a life-changing and completely invigorating experience.
“Afterlife (Live at the 2013 YouTube Music Awards)”
The official video for “Afterlife” is a great clip, but it doesn’t grace, yearning and cathartic release of the band’s live performance at the 2013 YouTube Music Awards. In addition to being the band’s best music video, the clip, which features an indelible performance for actress and writer Greta Gerwig, also ranks as one of the finest works of director Spike Jonze.
The beautiful and elegiac clip for “The Suburbs” is a marvel of storytelling because of how efficiently it communicates the central concept of the band’s album; the placid utopia of the suburbs being subsumed by the convenience and corruption of modern life.