Some intriguing news from Merge Records just arrived: Arcade Fire’s forthcoming DVD/CD re-release of Grammy AOTY winner The Suburbs not only includes two previously unreleased tracks, as previously reported, but a new cut featuring vocals by the great David Byrne as well. In addition to an extended take on “Wasted Hours (A Life That We Can Live),” the full Spike Jonze-directed film Scenes from the Suburbs, and new tune “Culture War,” Arcade Fire will unveil “Speaking In Tongues” with “additional vocals” provided by Byrne.
The former Talking Heads leader has been a strong supporter of the Montreal indie rockers for many years, even sharing the stage with them for a cover of “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” back in 2005. For pre-order info and more details on the August 2 release of The Suburbs (Deluxe Edition) go here. Meanwhile, I’ll be revisiting their live performance of the aforementioned Byrne-penned tune below: