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Video: The Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" Is Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time

Spike Jonze is one of the finest music video directors because he illuminates an artist's existing message the way a gushing fan might, but with the technical skill and seasoning to make it breathtaking. "But by the time the first bombs fell/ We were already bored" is a heavy couplet but pretty open-ended. By setting the Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" in a nondescript Texas subdivision, by mixing up their (admittedly all-Caucasian) faces constantly, by keeping the bad things that start happening unexplained, and by letting the song dictate the tempo, Jonze creates a window into post-Boomer suburban life that is heartfelt but also profoundly scary.




Via Gorilla Vs Bear.

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