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Arcade Fire release 45 minute instrumental track on Headspace

By | Published on Thursday 15 April 2021

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Arcade Fire have released a new 45 minute instrumental track – titled ‘Memories Of The Age Of Anxiety’ – exclusively to users of meditation app Headspace.

Headspace has been attempting to boost its music credentials in recent months – it trailing its main rival Calm in that domain, which has become known for a variety of exclusive releases from artists including Moby, Kygo and Above & Beyond (not to mention a bedtime story read by Harry Styles).

Although it has had a partnership with Spotify since 2016, last August Headspace brought music into its own app when it hired John Legend as Chief Music Officer.

His job is to bring in artists to create playlists of music to help listeners focus. Contributors so far include St Vincent, Murda Beatz, Aluna and Kindness. And now Arcade Fire, who have created their own music instead of choosing other people’s.

“Happy to share ‘Memories Of The Age Of Anxiety’, created in partnership with Headspace and John Legend”, say the band on Instagram. “Meditative vibes to help you focus and feel inspired”.

This is likely not the only new music from Arcade Fire incoming. Last year, the band’s Win Butler said on Rick Rubin’s ‘Broken Record’ podcast that they had written “two or three” albums worth of new material during lockdown.

Now then seems like the perfect time to revisit this explanation of Win Butler’s songwriting process which he made for Clickhole back in 2017. Respect those big boy hips.