"I will forever relate to the song."
Arcade Fire have recorded a cover of ‘Baby Mine’ for Tim Burton’s forthcoming live-action take on Dumbo. Check it out in full below.
The new track sees the Canadian rockers taking on the song from the original 1941 Disney film, which will appear as the credits play out in cinemas later this month.
Describing their take on the track, frontman Win Butler explained how the film held personal significance for him.
“There is a scene with a locomotive in the original ‘Dumbo’ that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s. Every time I saw the film I thought it was him. When we were asked to do the [end credit version of ‘Baby Mine’], I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song,” explained Butler.
“My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother the theremin, my wife sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire. I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are so precious to me. Listen for the cameo of my grandpa Alvino’s famous Sonovox at the end.”
Regine Chassagne added: ““It’s a story we need to tell again.
“A lot has changed since 1941, and we are still on that quest to allow for all people to accept and celebrate who they are on this planet.”
The release comes after Arcade Fire previously teased that fans could expect a new single at some point this year.
Speaking on The Ringer NBA Show, Butler said that the group are “just working on a track – it will actually be out sooner than later.”
“Really?”, the host asked, adding, “Possible Arcade Fire single coming out this year?” to which Butler replied: “Yeah.”
Arcade Fire’s last record was 2017’s ‘Everything Now’. In a five-star review, NME’s Barry Nicolson wrote: “The Canadian art-rockers are bigger, bolder and more fearful of the future than ever on their colossal fifth album.”