As the days until Arcade Fire release their fourth studio album Reflektor simply slip away, the Grammy-award winning Canadian troupe have put the entire record online purely for our streaming pleasure. What’s more, the band have put in that tiny little bit extra effort to add some enjoyable footage and, man, the results speak for themselves.
Running at around 90-minutes in length all 13 tracks of Reflektor have been synced to visuals from Marcel Camus’ 1959 film Black Orpheus, which retells the tale of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice – a theme explored on the album – set in 1950s Brazil.
According to the band’s frontman Win Butler, the band began the album process with around 50 to 60 tracks, intitally working in Jamaica with long-term collaborator Marcus Dravs before shipping off, album in hand, to New York where they teamed up with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.
The band have so far gone to extreme lengths to ensure as many people know about the record as possible. Kicking off their publicity campaign with guerilla marking tactics, as well as teaming up with pop culture icons SNL for the release of their short film / music video x3 Here Comes the Night.
The band then took to the stages for a run of “secret” performances under the moniker The Reflektors during CMJ in New York.
It’s now hear it for yourself – was Reflektor worth all the effort? You can suss out what Music Feeds reviewer Tom Williams thought of the album right here.
Listen: Arcade Fire – Reflektor
02. We Exist
03. Flashbulb Eyes
04. Here Comes the Night Time
05. Normal Person
06. You Already Know
07. Joan of Arc
01. Here Comes the Night Time II
02. Awful Sound (Oh Erydice)
03. It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)