The months leading up to the 2016 presidential election were filled with one-off protest songs, most of them directed at eventual winner Donald J. Trump. The months since, as you might imagine, have been no quieter. The occasion of Trump's inauguration Friday is inspiring weekend demonstrations and benefit concerts across the country, and more protest songs keep rolling out right alongside them.
With less than 24 hours to go before Friday's big event, Arcade Fire is teaming up with Mavis Staples to release a new song titled "I Give You Power" — available only via Tidal, a streaming service in which the band has a financial stake. And, though Trump's election has no doubt stoked strong opinions among all the musicians involved, this particular song sticks to the bare essentials like throbbing synths, a jittery beat, and a few general phrases that lead to an unmistakable message for allelected officials: "I give you power / I can take it away."