At noon today, brothers Win and Will Butler spoke with us about Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs. We played two songs from the record, too, and you can hear those songs, along with the interview, here. The Butlers spoke to us from the CBC in Montreal.
Win Butler said he thinks of the two songs released today as two of the four poles of the record.
"You have a little lighter, folkier thing; you have a rock 'n' roll thing; you have some more electronic stuff... I sort of see these as functioning as a bit of an album preview. The album lies between these extremes."
We are also told there are a couple tracks featuring Régine Chassagne on vocals; the Butlers describe her work as her best vocals ever. Also, Owen Pallett did some string arrangements, including in the song "The Suburbs."
The album was recorded in Chassagne's living room, in a church outside Montreal and in New York City over the past year.
You can listen to the conversation — or download the conversation, along with the music — by subscribing to the All Songs Considered podcast.