Arcade Fire’s Reflektor is the latest track off their upcoming LP, which is out by the end of October. Never a stranger to ideas of philosophical complexity, including death and the horror that is the suburbs, the song suggests that we are just projecting mirror images on rock stars. This is not a new idea, but one that asks an important question: What is a rock band anyway but a collection of our shared projections? Like a mirror ball.
In the video we are forced to confront the big-headed notion that we have projected our own ideas on Arcade Fire. They are wearing masks, of course, and they are looking into the reflecting water, just like Narcissus and reflecting our own fears back at us. In the Greek myth, Narcissus falls in love with his own image in the water–his reflection. In the myth, he dies.
It’s also a great dance song, and it’s catchy in the way that Daft Punk’s Get Lucky is catchy. But it’s just a reflector…don’t just fall in love with the reflections of reflections.
If you want a more interactive experience, check out the Just a Reflektor website, which is very impressive.