Arcade Fire’s brand-new single, recently confirmed to be titled Reflektor, has started appearing in record stores all over the world, with a number of stores uploading images of the colourful vinyl artwork to the web.
Consequence of Sound have noted that the back cover of the vinyl (below) was thought to show a 14-song tracklist, but it’s now believed that these 14 lines are simply lyrics from Reflektor, and that the vinyl only contains the song and its accompanying instrumental version.
The website thereflektors.com, thought to be the band’s doing, now also contains a world map dotted with those ubiquituous Reflektor logos, demarcating a large number of record stores across the globe, including just one in Australia – Sydney’s Red Eye Records. We still don’t officially know if Arcade Fire is behind the website, though it does seem highly likely.
Montreal blog The Main has also reported that Arcade Fire played a secret show in the city’s Salsatheque club, where the band debuted some new tunes. Understandably, phones and recording devices were forbidden. The blog notes:
“The show was unexpectedly dance-oriented, due to the upbeat rhythms of conga drums and electronic flourishes alongside their most poppy sounds. Although the song lyrics shared the same themes as past releases, they traded their somber orchestral sound for something more contemporary… The standout track featured various musical directions and sudden tempo changes, sandwiched between the boisterous repeated choruses of ‘Here comes the night’. Imagine the Talking Heads’ Once in a Lifetime, but if David Bowie had written it while on vacation.”
Sounds pretty exciting, hey?
Reflektor is also the name of the fourth studio album from the Montreal band, according to triple j, and is set to drop on 29th October. The album’s eponymous lead- ingle will be with us even sooner via an Anton Corbijn video to be released on Monday.
The band also recently put out a short YouTube clip to promote the 9/9 release of Reflektor, in which new material can be heard. Check it out below, and keep your eyes and ears open for more details as they trickle in.
(Image via Stereogum)
Watch: Arcade Fire’s 40-second Reflektor Promo