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Rococo by Arcade Fire and The Suburbs Deluxe Edition to be Released

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Rococo by Arcade Fire

"They heat your brains,
and fire your veins"
~Robert Burns

If thou hast not heard of Arcade Fire, it might be worth a listen to this indie rock band from Montreal, Canada. Recently their performance at the 2011 Juno Awards of their song "Rococo" from their Grammy winning 2010 album "The Suburbs", mesmerized the audience with its haunting rhythmic kaleidoscope of sounds.

The group won the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year and also the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album. They just finished headlining Coachella 2011 and will be releasing an expanded deluxe edition of "The Suburbs" on June 27.

One of their songs on the album is "Rococo". According to Wikipedia – Rococo is an 18th century style which developed as Baroque artists gave up their symmetry and became increasingly ornate, florid, and playful. Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. Listen to Arcade Fire singeth "Rococo".

Due to Rococo’s love of shell-like curves and decorative arts, some critics used the term to imply the style was frivolous or superficial, especially when compared to neoclassicism. The lyrics of the song seem to be focused on the plight of the youth. The young people, like the style of art, seem to be posturing to be something greater than their real circumstances. They may speak of "Rococo", but they lack the depth to understand the meaning behind their "big words".

It is not uncommon also for young people to rebel and "seem wild" and walk toward you with "colors all the same". They believe they are original, but if they do not have deep substance behind their rebellion, then they become pawns in someone else’s game. We all can at one point in our youth experience this "Rococo" attitude. The music’s beat intensifies by uniting different voices and instruments and builds in depth almost trying to awaken the youth in the song of the emptiness of "Rococo".

We thanketh Arcade Fire for their unique way of seeing music and sharing their gift with us..

Lady Sharon
Scribe of Camelot

Visit Arcade Fire’s Official Site

Lyrics to Rococo

Let’s go downtown and watch the modern kids
Let’s go downtown and talk to the modern kids
They will eat right out of your hand
Using great big words that they don’t understand

They say

They build it up just to burn it back down
They build it up just to burn it back down
The wind is blowing all the ashes around
Oh my dear God what is that horrible song?

They’ll sing

They seem wild but they are so tame
They seem wild but they are so tame
They’re moving towards you with their colors all the same
They want to own you but they don’t know what game
they’re playing


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One Response to “Rococo by Arcade Fire and The Suburbs Deluxe Edition to be Released”

  1. Lady Sharon says:


    I do thank thee for thy kind words.

    Lady Sharon
    Scribe of Camelot