Listen to alternate versions of Arcade Fire / Mavis Staples collab “I Give You Power,” benefitting the ACLU
Following up on last week’s “I Give You Power” collaboration with Mavis Staples, Arcade Fire have shared two new versions of the single – a full instrumental cut and a choppier “Broken Speaker” remix. The song (and the “alternative songs”) marks the Canadian outfit’s first new material since 2013’s Reflektor and benefits the American Civil Liberties Union.
Speaking to Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe after releasing “I Give You Power,” Win Butler said:
“It’s easy to get sucked into sitting on the couch and checking your news feed and watching things on CNN and we’re just musicians and the only thing we have to offer is our music…. I talked to Mavis last night and she said now more than ever we just need to hold onto each other for us it’s a feeling of solidarity — to not feel powerless and focus on what we can do as individuals and try to do our part.”
Stream the new versions of “I Give You Power” below. Arcade Fire is expected to release their fifth LP this spring.