Continuing on from last week’s exercise in mixed tape science, the second song I’ve chosen is one that represents a number of different objectives in my playlist. First, however, take a listen if you haven’t heard this one before.
If it sounds kind of familiar, it’s probably because you’ve come across a movie trailer that’s had a viral presence. This one specifically:
Although I’m familiar with Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible (liked it enough to have a t-shirt of theirs, and oh by the way, very cool album website – weird too), I’d never heard of this song before. But needless to say, the trailer rocked and the song choice, in particular, feels inspired.
Anyway, staying on my attempt to make a perfect mix (and in my case using only songs that are pretty new to me), I’m going to use this one because of the following reasons.
1. The song is still pretty fast tempo (in line with the previous song)
2. Go Canada go! Woo hoo!
3. Unlike the last song which was pretty much major chords all the way, this one switches it up a bit with minor chord use – nice change from before, even though the song still sounds quite sunny at times.
4. Arcade Fire is one of those bands with a lot of street cred these days. Yes, this is pretentious, but when the quality is there to back it up, then I’m of the opinion that it works.
5. The song is just plain awesome.
I might add, I am keen to check out the movie version of the song which sounds a little different (a bit more uptempo, with sound acoustic sounding guitars in the mix).
Over to you… (p.s. just disagreeing with me isn’t going to cut it here – this is where you build upon your own song one, or suggest the first two songs in your perfect mix). And yes, I did attempt to go over the science of the perfect mix – check that out here (with song number one)