Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) cover art.jpg
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album The Suburbs
B-side "Ready to Start" (12")
Released April 21, 2012
Genre Synthpop
  • 5:25 (album version)
  • 6:44 (single version)
Songwriter(s) Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"Speaking in Tongues"
"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"

"Speaking in Tongues"
"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"

"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" (also known simply as "Sprawl II") is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was released as the sixth and final single from their third studio album, The Suburbs, on April 21, 2012. Two music videos were released for the song, one "traditional" and one interactive, both of which were released on December 13, 2011.


"Sprawl II" is a synthpop song.[1] It features vocals delivered by Arcade Fire band member Régine Chassagne[2] and was primarily inspired by the 2003 Tracy Kidder book Mountains Beyond Mountains.[3][4]


"Sprawl II" was released as a 12-inch single on April 21, 2012 as part of Record Store Day 2012. A remixed version of the song appears as the A-side, with a remixed version of another track from The Suburbs, "Ready to Start", as the B-side. Both remixes were done by Canadian music producer Damian Taylor.[5][6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Sprawl II", lasting five minutes and forty seconds, was released by Merge Records on December 13, 2011, prior the song's physical release, through YouTube. The video was directed by Vincent Morisset and primarily features Régine Chassagne throughout the video.[4] An interactive version of the music video was also made available, where the user can dance along to the video by using their webcam.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"6:44
Side B
1."Ready to Start"7:53


Chart (2012–13) Peak
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[9] 433
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[9] 4
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[9] 10

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue no.
 United States April 21, 2012
12" MRG442[6]
 United Kingdom Sonovox 2793767[10]


  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 19, 2012). "Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (Soulwax Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Tedesco, Austin (September 24, 2010). "Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Hogan, Mike (August 2010). "Hall of Fame: Arcade Fire". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Arcade Fire presents Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)". Merge Records, via YouTube. December 13, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Top 45 Releases of Record Store Day 2012". Pitchfork Media. April 20, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Arcade Fire - Sprawl II / Ready to Start (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Arcade Fire 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)'". Rolling Stone. December 16, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Amy (December 16, 2011). "Dance Along With Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" Video". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "Arcade Fire Chart search". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) / Ready To Start (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved February 27, 2016.