by Sean
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Popdrivel has a 128kbps version of the new Arcade Fire song, "Cold Cold Wind," to be released on the upcoming Six Feet Under soundtrack album. To the best of my knowledge, it will air on the last episode of 6FU.

UPDATE 8/6 8:00: EMI asks Popdrivel to take the song down. I'm wary of receiving my own Cease-and-Desist, so I'm not going to host it. However, for the moment, you can still grab it here or here.

The track was produced (or at least mixed) by Chris Thomas (Pulp, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd), in Montreal. Also recorded at those sessions was a version of Barroso's "Brazil" but there's no word on when/how that will be released which will be released on a Merge 7" (with "Cold Wind") in July [thanks Martin!].

"Cold Cold Wind" is a short song, a sad song. It grows on you, or rather it lingers after it's left. The violin is sharp in your ear, and it's where all the feeling is. There and in Regine's backing vocal. It's raining, suddenly, brightly, devastatingly, everything flashing silver, you're blinking blinking blinking through. And then -- well, yes. "HEY HEY HEY." The rain stops and the sun slaps you in the chest so hard that your heart starts beating. "HEY HEY HEY!" Drum thump, chorus again, and there's that violin. They don't give us any more heys.

Posted by Sean at June 7, 2005 1:26 PM

Hey, the first link doesn't go to Popdrivel's blog, but instead the Brazil post. Just thought you'd want to know.

Posted by E at June 7, 2005 1:37 PM

Yikes - thanks. Fixed.

Posted by Sean at June 7, 2005 1:59 PM

Aaah. The Fire have still got it. Thank you.

Posted by Ian at June 7, 2005 3:43 PM

the song's amazingly beautiful. can't stop repeating it. :)

Posted by s. at June 7, 2005 5:50 PM

Chris also played mellotron on the White Album, and Mark, who produced the Unicorns album, assisted the recording.

Posted by Jay Watts III at June 7, 2005 5:55 PM

Sorry folks, but EMI sent me a notice telling me to take it down. 128kbps or not.

Thanks for linking to us, though, Sean!

It is a good song though, isn't it?

Posted by john at June 7, 2005 10:19 PM

Hey Sean,

Just wanted to let you know that Merge will be releasing Cold Wind/Brazil as a 7" single in July.


Posted by martin at June 8, 2005 12:15 PM

Holy moly, Martin - that's rad! Thanks for dropping us a note.

Posted by Sean at June 8, 2005 12:51 PM

EMI are twits. No, no, no free publicity, thanks very much.

Posted by tuwa at June 8, 2005 9:45 PM

hey so thats an actual version (non live) version of brazil? omg, they release it on a cd version as well as 7". i love that song soo much... when they came to sf in jan, i asked win if he could play that song, he said he forgot how to play it, lol but we talked about the movie.. which is a great movie

Posted by hime at June 10, 2005 2:08 AM

sorry guys i took down the savefile.com upload of cold wind..i'm not trying to get sued either :)

Posted by chris at June 10, 2005 5:49 PM

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