Arcade Fire have shared a new tune, “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid).”
The new track comes from their forthcoming album, WE, out May 6th via Columbia. “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” is an anthemic, uplifting tune, all about encouraging you to keep pushing forward through tough times.
“So I was really just sort of thinking about my son and the world that he’s facing and how like, I was a very, very, very depressed kid, particularly in high school,” Win Butler tells Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. “I mean, in a lot of my life in general, I think that music is like my medicine in a lot of ways. But I was trying to imagine the way that I’m wired just chemically and the s**t that I’ve dealt with in my life, having to deal with that now in this era of like … and not to mention now, but like 10 years from now, whenever the f**k he’s going to be dealing with it. And it was just like, ‘Man, he’s going to need to have the thick skin and to just really be able to take a hit and have some just fortitude.’ And I don’t know, I was just sort of thinking about that and just trying to sing to him in the future or to his kids even.”
Listen to “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” below.
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“‘Lookout Kid’ is a reminder, a lullaby for the end times, sung to my son, but for everyone…. Trust your heart, trust your mind, trust your body, trust your soul,” Butler says adds of “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid).” “Shit is going to get worse before it gets better, but it always gets better, and no one’s perfect.”
In addition to “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid),” WE features the previously released “The Lightning I, II.”
“My grandmother read me a book when I was a little kid that had the word “WE” stamped into its cover in broken 1920s gold leaf,” Win Butler explains of the album. “As my eyes grew heavy, in the bedroom my father slept in as a child, I wondered… What is “WE”? Who are “WE”?”
“There are questions that can rattle around in your head for a lifetime…but once in a while the centuries grind to a halt,” Butler continues. “And WE are given the precious time to ask again in our child-like inner voice What is ‘WE?’”
Check out the tracklist for WE below.
01 – “Age of Anxiety I”
02 – “Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)”
03 – “End of the Empire I-IV”
04 – “The Lightning I, II”
05 – “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)”
06 – “Unconditional II (Race and Religion)”
07 – “We”
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