Review by Kate Goodrum.
‘Creature Comfort’ is the newest song from Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire, and the second single released from their upcoming new album Everything Now, due to be released on the 28th July through Columbia Records.
The track opens with a racing, humming synthesizer which is then met with a stomping bass before finally welcoming lead singer Win Butler’s speak-singing vocals. His conversational tone sounds like LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, reinforcing the blend of rock influences and dancefloor sound that both bands achieve. Whilst previous single ‘Everything Now’ drew resemblance to 70s pop, giving off an air of ABBA and David Bowie, ‘Creature Comfort’ is closer to the 80s, blending sounds not dissimilar to Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen together. Régine Chassagne’s ecstatic vocals overlap and interject Butler’s, adding layers and complexity to the song, creating a poppy, upbeat feel despite the less cheerful nature of the lyrics (Butler sings “Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record” when speaking of suicide).
The new album was co-produced with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and the complex textures of the songs seem to demonstrate these production influences. The release of ‘Creature Comfort’ came alongside an advert of a cereal with the same name made with Ritalin, demonstrating that the band are continuing to pursue their interest surrounding ideas of materialism and the bourgeoisie. Arcade Fire thus continue to offer us a bleak commentary of the world around us, without merely lecturing us about the shallowness of modern life; making us want to listen to more and more of their infectious music.