Anton Corbijn While Montreal's Arcade Fire have been known to think worldly…
- Posted on Mar 7th 2012 5:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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According to the band's site, this release of the remixes done by Damian Taylor and Arcade Fire marks the first physical release of the songs. The 'Ready to Start' remix had previously only been available as a bonus download for the deluxe film-bundled version of the band's award-winning album 'The Suburbs.' Meanwhile, the remix of 'Sprawl II' was previously heard in the special dance motion-activated music video done by Vincent Morisset.
News of the 12-inch comes on the heels of Arcade Fire's new 'Abraham's Daughter' song, which streamed Tuesday via Entertainment Weekly and appears on 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack out March 20. The track features Regine Chassagne on lead vocals with a marching beat and will appear during the film's credits.
"Our whole approach was to get into the world and try and create something that serves the story and the film," the band's Win Butler told Entertainment Weekly regarding the song which uses the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac as its framework.
"We were just interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise. It's not a pop song or anything. More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games."
The band also contributes an orchestral piece entitled 'Horn of Plenty' to the soundtrack which also features songs by the Decemberists and Taylor Swift.
In related news, members of Arcade Fire will give a lecture March 19 at the University of Texas in Austin regarding the current state of Haiti from a social and economic perspective. According to the Austin American-Stateman, the lecture, entitled 'A Lecture on Hope, Haiti & Service,' will touch on the band's involvement with the nonprofit organization Partners in Health. Passes are only available to university students.
The timing and location of the lecture has led to some speculation about the group performing during South by Southwest but nothing has been confirmed. Arcade Fire are off the road after touring behind 2010's Grammy and Juno-winning album 'The Suburbs.'