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Watch Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

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By: Spacelab Research Staff
December 19, 2011

The new Arcade Fire video(s) for "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" come in three varieties -- 2 traditional video and one interactive. Or as Arcade Fire and director Vincent Morisset calls it, "interactive" and "traditional."

More interesting though, is the interactive version of "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" that Morisset and Arcade Fire have produced as an interactive experience at http://www.sprawl2.com/. It builds on their background of The Wilderness Downtown that was also an interactive experience, but also comes in with a Wii-like experience in which you can use your camera to detect your dance moves and "control the video with your dance moves." No camera? You can use the mouse instead.

VIDEO: Arcade Fire - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” Interactive Experience

Interesting choice on the part of Arcade Fire and director Vincent Morisset to portray the suburbanites as hiding behind masks and always trying to look away from the camera, while manically trying to take the mask off. As day turns to night, the suburbanites get restless and try to break free by getting their freak on, dancing in the streets ... and the local high school football field. I guess you take whatever venues you can get in the burbs, and suburban sprawl doesn't have many nightclubs.

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