Rarely has a record unified indie-rockers like the Arcade Fire's Funeral did when it was released in 2004. For months, you couldn't walk into a hipster party without hearing the Montreal band's sweeping orchestral rock, and even detractors had to admit the music was pretty darn different. Needless to say, the band's follow-up album, called Neon Bible and due in March or April, is one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2007.
So the Arcade Fire has done something cool. The band is letting us hear a new track, "Intervention," by phone; just call 1-866-NEON-BIBLE ext. 7777 to listen. Or, thanks to You Ain't No Picasso, you can also hear it below. My take: While it's not a huge departure, it reminds me how much the Arcade Fire rule and makes me very excited for the new album.