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Hear Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples Team for Emphatic ‘I Give You Power’

Blistering dance floor rallying cry marks indie rock outfit’s first new song since ‘Reflektor’

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Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples have teamed for an emphatic new dancefloor rallying cry, "I Give You Power."

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Arcade Fire recruited Mavis Staples for a bombastic new anthem, “I Give You Power.”

The song is available to stream via Tidal and finds Arcade Fire putting an industrial spin on the dance-rock sound of their last album, Reflektor, without skimping on the disco gospel. 

“It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other,” the group tweeted, adding that all proceeds from the song will go to the ACLU.

The track opens with a bruising bass synth and Win Butler’s soft vocals. Staples joins soon after and takes control, carrying “I Give You Power” brilliantly with her ageless roar as the song builds into a dance floor rallying cry.

I Give You Power” marks Arcade Fire’s first piece of new music since 2013’s Reflektor. The group is reportedly at work on a new album, which is tentatively due this spring. As Rolling Stone noted in the 2017 album preview, the band recorded material between summer festival dates in Montreal and Paris with multi-instrumentalist Tim Kingsbury hoping the sessions would “put a little burst of energy back into the process.”

As for Staples, the legendary singer released her 15th studio album, Livin’ on a High Note, last February.

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