Arcade Fire – “Afterlife” – Live at the YouTube Music Awards (YTMA)

By Staff, February 25, 2018

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Arcade Fire performs "Afterlife" live at the YouTube Music Awards. Directed by Spike Jonze. Live Show Director John Gonzalez. Presented by Kia. Produced by Sunset Lane Entertainment and VICE.

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44 Comments

  1. enriquekikdu says:

    It’s a shame people cannot see that “graceless” dance is something Spike Jonze made on purpose. I assure you, all the girls in the video really know how to dance. I mean, this happened there; this is a live video, they only had one chance to make it right and they wouldn’t risk an Arcade Fire performance with any ammateur girl. The point of the video is to show an internal freedom, a catharsis through the dance; and this “awful” dance express it all without words, or a great story needed.

  2. chacaltube says:

    ESTE VIDEO ES ÚNICO. HISTÓRICO.
    EL MOMENTO EN QUE CANTA DETRÁS DE LA PROTAGONISTA ES MÁGICO, COMO SI SE ATRAVESARA UN UMBRAL QUE UNE LA REALIDAD Y LA FANTASIA, DE HECHO ELLA AL FINAL DEL VIDEO ES OTRA.
    GRACIAS SPIKE, GRACIAS ARCADE FIRE, GRACIAS YOUTUBE.

    • Cornerstone Español says:

      chacaltube
      Los conocí con este video gracias a greta gerwig (era un seguidor de ella) y ahora me conozco todas las canciones de AF :’v

  3. FLUFFERKINZ says:

    I really just love the freedom of her movements, especially when she was in the “forest” and the choreographed dance with the young girls and the culmination of them just grouping around the band and cheering was awesome.

    The song is about losing your emotions for someone or the end to the “honeymoon” phase of the relationship, but wanting to figure out where the emotion went, just wanting some sort of passion from them still because you don’t want it to be like this (Scream and shout till we work it out//after all the hangers on are done hanging on the dead lights of the afterglow).
    And so, after death comes the afterlife and since this is the death of their love, she is now living in the afterlife. Her dancing is sporadic and wild because it’s all the emotion she has bundled up inside of her that she wants to give to her lover.
    This is just my interpretation at least.

  4. Victoly says:

    I think this is a solid performance, and I think the choreography itself is great, but the general vibe of it doesn’t match up with how the song resonates with me emotionally. I think it—along with the rest of the tracks on the 2nd disc of Reflektor—is a pretty melancholy song despite its dancy beat. I interpreted the song to be about trying so hard to grasp at the straws of a failing relationship that you end up making things worse, resorting to “scream[ing] and shout[ing]” because nothing else is working. The opening line—Afterlife, oh my God what an awful word—connotes pretty strongly the idea that something is over, but the speaker isn’t ready or able to move past it just yet. By contrast, this performance seems to suggest a “dance your blues away!” aesthetic which seems at odds with my own interpretation of the song.

    That’s just my own interpretation of the music, and one of the great things about art is that everyone can have their own experience and their own interpretation. I’m not trying to say my view is “right”; I’m just reflecting a bit on what I thought of this video.

  5. Are Sounds Electrik? says:

    this was the best part of the whole awards show –

  6. GrantsInYourPants says:

    such a beautiful piece of art.

  7. theonegift says:

    Official video is better

  8. Cindy Sky says:

    How in the heck does this have 2000 thumbs down? I could eat this for breakfast lunch and dinner!!!

  9. Dominic Santiago says:

    was this video recorded live or what? it looks amazing

  10. Lee Milby says:

    Wow this project is just so genius and beautiful. Just like all of Jonze’s works, there is a realness, a rawness to the production that creates a world that is both surreal and ordinary. I truly adore this piece and it gets better every time I watch. It really embodies the moment of heartbreak and the moment you decide to pick up the pieces and grow and learn from the experience, and move on. The “afterlife”

  11. Javier Quevedo says:

    This videos shows exactly what my body wants to do when I listen to this song. 10/10

  12. Rafael Camargo says:

    She totally reminds me of Jenna Fischer. Makes me wanna watch The Office all over again…

  13. Valeria Estrella says:

    Pero si yo la bailaba igualito cuando estaba sola en casa, ponía Afterlife a todo volumen; y tengo una sartén idéntica, lo juro.

  14. Eric P. Alvaro says:

    I just love the way she dances, so freely

  15. msul78 says:

    She reminds me of Pam from ‘The Office (US)’

  16. drungarious says:

    Because of this video, whenever I kiss someone for the first time, this song automatically pops into my head. And yes, usually there’s some fist pumping afterwards.

  17. Bowen Wang says:

    Greta Gerwig is amazing

  18. Tomás Cullen says:

    I don’t know why, but everytime I watch this video, I cry tears of joy.

  19. Charly Berry says:

    traducción ” ni pedo la vida sigue”

  20. Jhonatan Oullo says:

    Can someone explain to me why this song is hurting me everytime i play it ?! I don’t get it….