Afterlife (Arcade Fire song)

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Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Reflektor
Released September 28, 2013
Format 12" vinyl, digital download
Recorded Sonovox Studios, Montreal
Genre Indie rock, dance-rock[1]
Length 5:52 (album version)
4:51 (radio edit)
Label Merge
Writer(s) William Butler, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury , Richard Reed Parry
Producer(s) James Murphy, Markus Dravs, Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"We Exist"

"Afterlife" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was released on September 28, 2013, as a single from the band's fourth studio album, Reflektor. The song was debuted on Saturday Night Live.[2]

Music videos[edit]

The music video for the song was released on November 21, 2013.[3][4] The short film, directed by Emily Kai Bock and notably shot with a mix of 35mm and 65mm film, depicts a Mexican family in Los Angeles, California, dreaming of their missing mother.

The video won the 2014 Prism Prize.[5]

The band also performed a live video, streamed on YouTube at the YouTube Music Awards in November 2013. It was directed by Spike Jonze.[6]

An official live performance video was also released in April 2014 on the band's YouTube channel.[7]

Scenes from the film Black Orpheus were used in the official lyric videos.

Live performances[edit]

The band performed "Afterlife" at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Graham Norton Show. The song was performed live on every show of the Reflektor tour.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 14
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 100
Canada Rock (Billboard)[12] 9[not in citation given]
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[13] 43
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 18
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 22