September 10, 2013 2:34
Arcade Fire's new album is double LP, world tour to take place
The band also celebrate the release of the 'Reflektor' single with a surprise fancy dress show in Montreal
Pre-orders for the 'Reflektor' double album have opened up at Arcadefire.com, with the website stating that early orders will come with first access to ticket sales for special shows as well as the band's forthcoming world tour. The album artwork - which features a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, from the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice - has also been confirmed. See the album cover at the top of the page.
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire have launched their 'Reflektor' single with a surprise show in Montreal. The band played the small Salsatheque venue under the alias The Reflektors on Monday night (September 9). CBC News reports that only 100 tickets went on sale for the show, which started at 9pm [ET]. Fans were asked to wear fancy dress to the gig - with Arcade Fire's Twitter account stating: "Formal attire or costume MANDATORY. (Formal wear = suit, dress or fancy something...)". The band also linked to the venue's website, however this soon crashed, as the bandwidth limit was exceed due to the amount of fans visiting the site. Tickets for the show were $9, in keeping with the '9' theme, which saw the single released on the ninth day of the ninth month. Record stores also began selling limited vinyl copies of the single, which was listed on the sleeve as being by The Reflektors, at 9pm last night.
Arcade Fire arrived at the venue wearing the oversized papier-mâché heads used in the video for 'Reflektor', which was unveiled a few hours before the gig. Click below to see CBC's footage of Arcade Fire entering the venue and high-fiving fans wearing costume and fancy dress.
The black and white video for 'Reflektor', directed by Anton Corbijn, was unveiled at 9pm [BST] at the band's official site, reflektor.arcadefire.com. David Bowie's appearance on the song was also confirmed yesterday. A message posted on Bowie's official Facebook page said: "We can confirm that David Bowie has supplied a brief backing vocal on the James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced track...".
In addition, Arcade Fire have released a new interactive video, separate from the Anton Corbijn clip. The film was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Vincent Morisset and according to the text accompanying the video at justareflektor.com, the Just A Reflektor film is "an interactive short film that explores the themes in Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet." Users must have the Google Chrome web browser to interact with the film.
Arcade Fire release their new album on October 28.
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