James Murphy calls new Arcade Fire album 'really great'

Murphy has worked on the LP alongside longtime producer Markus Dravs

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Former LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy has said he thinks the new Arcade Fire album will be "really great".

Murphy, who has helped to produce a number of tracks on the forthcoming album, told Rolling Stone: "I think it's going to be a really great record, actually. I'm eager to see it come out." The Canadian band joined Murphy at the DFA studio earlier this year to work on new material. "There's a lot of them, and they're mostly self-produced – like, they don't need a producer in a certain way. So I didn't know how it would go," he said.

In an interview with MusicWeek late last year, the band's manager Scott Rodger said that Arcade Fire were going into the studio with Murphy to work on the follow-up to 2010's 'The Suburbs'. He said: "They're in with James Murphy on three or so songs, plus Markus Dravs who is a long-time collaborator. They write too many songs - that's a good problem to have. There's around 35 songs with Arcade Fire, two albums'-worth for sure."

This spring Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne welcomed the birth of their first child. The name of musical couple's son, who weighed seven pounds, has not been revealed. News of the birth – which took place on April 21 - was revealed by Canadian publication Le Journal de Montréal. Spinner has translated the announcement made in the paper by Barry Mack, the pastor at Montreal's St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Saint-Lambert, as: "It's good to see that they are still together and they now have a baby. It's a bit rare in the entertainment industry."

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