Win Butler of indie giants Arcade Fire gave a recent interview on BBC Radio 6 Music in which he discussed the musical influences on the band’s new album We. David Bowie’s 1971 Hunky Dory is one such seminal force. Win goes on to tell of the “soup of influence” that can be heard even in the music of a fully formed artist like David Bowie. Of which, in his eyes, Bob Dylan and Neil Young are two.
Butler then relays an analogy his wife and fellow band member Régine had previously expressed to him. “You’re in the desert and there’s a watering hole, you see all these amazing animals, there’s a giraffe, there’s a lion, everyone has to come to the same watering hole, everyone has to go back to the same source ultimately.” Win ends his metaphorical point on the spiritual side of music – describing how every artist tries to get back to the same source. The same watering hole of inspiration.