Arcade Fire released a lavish studio version of John Lennon’s 1973 song “Mind Games” – a track they’ve covered onstage throughout their latest concert tour – included in Spotify’s Singles series.
Such as the former Beatle’s original melody, the revamped “Mind Games” blends bitterness (“Keep on playing those mind games together/ Faith in the future, out of the now”) and optimism (“Love is a flower/ You got to let it grow”). But Arcade Fire amplifies the underlying meaning, replicating Ken Ascher’s initial mellotron with strings from a live guitar.
Arcade Fire first showed their Lennon revamp throughout an intimate festival concert after performing last month at Chicago’s Metro. Unlike the more conventional studio version, the live version segued into the outro associated with Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and some lines from David Bowie’s “Oh! You Pretty Things” before morphing back into “Mind Games” and reprising Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.
Win Butler and company recently-issued their fifth LP, Everything Now, became their 3rd straight Number One on the Billboard 200, following 2013’s Reflektor and 2010’s The Suburbs. Everything Now is only the 2nd rock album to top the chart this year, subsequent to Linkin Park’s One More Lighting.