Today, we have the opportunity to premiere Night Drive's newest edit of Arcade Fire's "We Exist." With this release, the electro pop duo hailing from Austin and Houston are following up their Sea of Light EP release from August as well as their Position I EP from September. Those few releases, among others, gained them impressive acclaim from BULLETT Magazine, DETAILS Magazine, and others, while landing the duo the chance to tour with bands like Jupiter and Olympic Ayres.
With a mission statement to re-calibrate the future of electro pop, Night Drive's rendition of Arcade Fire's "We Exist" (originally off of Reflektor), reminds us of the kind of music best suited for the late evening, especially those nights one can spend driving around aimlessly in a car (hence their name?). The 80s-inspired feel creates a space of shimmering synths, neon guitar strums, and a kaleidoscope of apparent influences that help shape the final product. Through our speakers, I can feel respect for the likes of New Order, LCD Soundsystem, and Brian Eno as "We Exist" is catapulted into a landscape of new-wave radiation.
On this edit, the tempo has been heightened but it's still able to maintain the power found behind Win Butler's vocal tracks. "We Exist" is now explicitly more layered and has been shaped by the smoothed-out yet forward-looking melodies and vocal hooks. In our eyes (and ears), this is a solid promising addition to Night Drive's discography.