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Arcade Fire Gives New Meaning to the Term ‘Concert Film’

Win Butler, frontman and co-founder of the band Arcade Fire, finds concert films “boring,” according to an interview by Alan Light in the New York Times. So he wanted to find an unusal way of presenting their concert film for the album Reflektor. “He turned to Kahlil Joseph,” says Light. “A first-time feature director best known for his striking, abstract videos for adventurous pop stars like the rapper Kendrick Lamar, the British avant-R&B singer FKA twigs. The resulting film, The Reflektor Tapes, is an impressionistic voyage through the album’s creation, with nonlinear jumps in time from Arcade Fire’s preliminary writing sessions in Jamaica in 2012 through arena shows in London and Los Angeles in 2014.”

The piece elaborates, “According to Mr. Joseph, his ambition for The Reflektor Tapes was ‘for it to be a new kind of music film and not just a film about music.’”

Watch the trailer for a better idea of what Joseph’s approach yielded.