July 16, 2013 11:48

James Murphy on new Arcade Fire album: 'It's really epic'

The former LCD Soundystem man helped produce the band's fourth LP

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James Murphy has spoken about the new Arcade Fire album, which he is helping produce.

The former LCD Soundsystem frontman has been working on the Montreal band's forthcoming fourth album, which is due for release on October 29. The band announced the news of the record's release last week by replying to a fan on Twitter who wrote "you're my favourite".

When asked if the album was finished yet, Murphy told NME: "Well, finished is... thing is, for them, it's not finished until it's in stores. My bit is done. It's not up to me when it's finished. There's a whole complement of people in that band who could have their own bands, or are a successful solo artist. They're all so phenomenally talented and full of ideas so songs keep on coming. The last time I dared think it was finished I came back to the studio three days later to mix and they'd written two new songs for the album! So it was like, uh, 'Let's record these too!' But it sounds awesome. Really."

Speaking about the sound of the record, he added: "It sounds like Arcade Fire in the way that only Arcade Fire sound like Arcade Fire, you know? It's really fucking epic. Seriously. I mean, I feel at this point like I'm too close to it to really talk it up and do it justice. You know?"

Back in April, the band's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne had their first child. However, Murphy said the couple never brought the new arrival to the studio. "I was outta there by the time Régine gave birth so I still haven't met the little rascal," he said. "But Régine is so incredible - she worked up until, like, the very final point she possibly could in the studio before giving birth. All of them, they're so committed to making this record."

Arcade Fire released their debut album 'Funeral' in 2004. This was followed by 2007's 'Neon Bible' and 2010's 'The Suburbs'.

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