This past September, Arcade Fire celebrated the 15th anniversary of their debut album Funeral with a bevy of archived gems including live footage, unreleased pictures and a remastered video of their single “Rebellion (Lies).” Now, as a continuation of the album’s anniversary, the group has released another remastered music video for its grandiose opening track, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).”
The newest version of the single shows the group in all their mid-’00s glory with a young, vest-clad Win Butler at the helm. Just like its preceding video, the visual component of “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” was directed by Josh Deu—a one-time member of the band. In the bizarre fun-house setting of the video, Arcade Fire amble around while black animation consumes them and tosses each individual member into a cartoonish world.
Perhaps the best service done by the video’s remastering is the wonderful detail put into these animated scenes: Butler’s parents trapped on a stormy seascape, drummer Régine Chassagne using an umbrella to fly and keyboardist Richard Reed Parry being chased by demonic versions of himself. Each scene is colored with wonderful weirdness.
You can watch the remastered “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” video below and stream Funeral on Spotify here.