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Arcade Fire Confirm Expanded ‘Suburbs’


Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ is set to sprawl a little further. The Quebecois group have revealed they are planning to issue a ‘deluxe’ version of their acclaimed 2010 album complete with two previously unreleased tracks.

According to Pitchfork, the seven-piece told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe yesterday that the revamped disc will be available from June 27. The new tunes are titled ‘Speaking in Tongues’ and ‘Culture War,’ and they will bolster the disc’s already expansive 64-minute running time to create an 18-track epic. Additional goodies for Arcade Fire completists will come in the form of a bonus DVD containing ‘Scenes from the Suburbs’ — a short film directed by ‘Being John Malkovich’ auteur Spike Jonze — and a making-of documentary.

Following the announcement, Lowe confirmed that he will showcase the two new songs on the May 23 edition of his Radio 1 programme. The original version of ‘The Suburbs’ — Arcade Fire’s third studio LP — was released in August 2010 to a slew of positive critical notices. It topped the charts in the UK and US and went on to win Album of the Year both at the Grammy’s and Canada’s Juno Awards, as well as Best International Album at the Brits.