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Arcade Fire returns from the shadows with blistering new jam

New single 'I Give You Power' features R&B legend Mavis Staples.


Ramon Ramirez


Published Jan 19, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 4:22 am CDT

Arcade Fire on Thursday released a new single, “I Give You Power,” that features vocals from R&B legend Mavis Staples. The track landed on streaming service Tidal, which members Win Butler and Regine Chassagne are co-owners of. 

Tidal subscribers can listen to it here.

According to Pitchfork, all proceeds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s unclear if the song’s political timing is a reaction to Friday’s presidential inauguration.

The band previously teased “I Give You Power” in France, but otherwise has yet to specify whether it will anchor a new record. The fifth studio album would be the college rock giant’s first since 2013’s Reflektor.

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The track features mud-on-the-tires, sludgy electronics; angelic, animated vocals from Butler and Staples; swampy organ; understated drumming at hip-hop tempos; a welcome splash of white-guy falsetto. And hey, a message of unity!

H/T Pitchfork

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*First Published: Jan 19, 2017, 6:47 pm CST