NEW MUSIC: ARCADE FIRE | UNCONDITIONAL I (LOOKOUT KID)
After their 2017 stumble "Everything Now," all signs point to a return to form on Arcade Fire’s sixth studio album "WE," dropping May 6 via Columbia Records. “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” is our second of those signs so far, following the March release of dual lead track “The Lightning I, II.” “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” appears on the album’s “WE” side, as a press release notes, “the half of the record that channels and revels in the power and joy of human (re)connection.” Like an indie-rock "Oh, The Places You’ll Go!," the track finds Win Butler addressing younger generations—and those still to come—with a comforting warmth and generosity of spirit, offering wisdom and encouragement over a bright, acoustic guitar-driven instrumental. “A lifetime of skinned knees / And heartbreak comes so easy / But a life without pain would be boring,” Butler counsels, with orchestral sweep and sprawl to reinforce the highs and lows through which his love will always remain unconditional. Produced by Nigel Godrich with Arcade Fire’s own Butler and Régine Chassagne, "WE" are easily one of the most exciting releases in May. The band seems to have rediscovered the anthemic earnestness and joy that first made them a household name. The album’s release follows a string of surprise performances, including a last-minute set at the first weekend of Coachella. The band no longer includes Will Butler as one of its members, is set to perform on the May 7 episode of "Saturday Night Live."