Arcade Fire's new song, the title track from the October-released fourth LP Reflektor, is a suitably big affair; it prompted Pitchfork to quip that it's so epic, it has two videos – one a monochrome effort directed by Anton Corbijn (youtu.be/7E0fVfectDo), the other an interactive extravaganza (justareflektor.com). The song itself is a bouncy number, with dance-like textures that may in part be a result of James Murphy being in the production booth. David Bowie is on backing vocals, which is nice.
Hopkins profits from his purple patch
UK electronic musician/producer Jon Hopkins is already riding on a wave of acclaim for his June released album Immunity. He's also put together the score for Kevin MacDonald's upcoming dystopian film, How I Live Now. Recently, he showcased a song from the soundtrack out now digitally; “Garden's Heart”, is a gorgeous, affair with moody/dramatic vocals from Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan). The video is directed by Khan herself and stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (youtu.be/z6ZV_pZZ_V8).