Listen and Flip Out: Arcade Fire, “Month of May” and “The Suburbs”

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You didn’t think the Arcade Fire would wait until the month ended to debut a single that kicks off with the lyrics, “Come and make a record in the month of May,” did you? Well, here it is, with less than a week to spare. On first listen, the song is what you might call a departure: Straight-up ’50s greaser rock, via ’70s punk. After a burst of static and a “one-two-three-four” count, the opening riff is straight outta “I Wanna Be Sedated.” It’s completely enjoyable, somewhat carefree, and nothing at all like the band’s last opus, 2007’s Neon Bible. Listen to the track after the jump.

[via Consequence of Sound]

You can also check out “Month of May’s” companion single, “The Suburbs” here. Be patient waiting for the overwhelmed site to load, then right-click to download this slower-paced, barroom ballad.