Arcade Fire are approaching the grand finale of their Everything Now Continued Tour, headlining The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles tonight, a new remix and accompanying video have been released for “Peter Pan”, the track is off the Montreal band’s current release Everything Now.
Created completely independently by Negril, Jamaica-born director Storm Saulter (Better Mus’ Come), the Peter Pan (Equiknoxx Remix) clip plays like a short film – “a Lo-Fi Teenage Dancehall Fairytale” in Saulter’s words.
The video features Kingston dancehall stars Maleik Lamont and Rayana Campbell as Peter and Wendy, whose story plays out in a hypnotic mix of neon tinged nightscapes and kinetically charged dance sequences choreographed by Amanyea Stines (who also plays one of Wendy’s dancers) was responsible for casting all of the dancers in the video, and whose credits include work with Cardi B and Major Lazer among others.
The entire Peter Pan project speaks to Arcade Fire’s love for and familiarity with the music, culture and people of Jamaica. Storm Saulter’s relationship with the band traces back to their meeting through mutual friend Chris Blackwell, with an immediate bond formed that led to Saulter photographing the band at Trident Castle in Port Antonio during the album sessions for Reflektor (2013). Saulter’s involvement with Peter Pan was much deeper than the typical music video director. The “Peter Pan” version that serves as soundtrack to Peter and Wendy’s romance was coordinated by Saulter – both the Equiknoxx remix as well as the dub mix by Saulter’s composer Jeremy Ashbourne.
Arcade Fire are currently playing the last few headline dates of their current tour tonight – 20th September at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles – followed by two nights at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley on 21st and 22nd September. The final show of the tour will be Arcade Fire’s 23rd September return to Las Vegas for the Life Is Beautiful Festival.