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Arcade Fire say next album is '30 per cent done'

Band begin work on follow-up to 2013's 'Reflektor'

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Arcade Fire have discussed the progress of their next album and follow-up to 2013's 'Reflektor'.

The band are preparing to release their new tour documentary The Reflektor Tapes in UK cinemas this Thursday (September 24). Arcade Fire are also releasing a deluxe edition of 'Reflektor' to coincide with the film.

Speaking to NME about the project, the band's Will Butler also confirmed that they've started work on their fifth LP.

"We're all itching to play music together and start recording things," he said. "We're basically in the demo and play together phase, and historically that's led to realising that, surprisingly, we're 30 per cent into a record, so we'll see if that happens."

Butler added, "It's a bit different this time because everyone's older and fatter and lazier, so it might take longer, but we're playing music together. Win and Regine got a place in New Orleans so I think we'll spend some time there, because why wouldn't you? But apart from that we're in the old HQ [in Montreal]."

"We're not terribly good at schedules and luckily we're in a position where no-one can ever tell us what to do, so it's good."

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Quizzed on what to expect from the record, Butler continued, "There's kind of not enough [done yet] to know where it's going. It's good to know that we can play rhythmic music together and that we're good at it, but there's not enough there yet to know [if it's going in that direction]."

"I got a couple of new synths that I'm excited by and I like the sound of them so, for me, that'll really influence the direction of the record but I don't know if anyone else will notice. For me, 'Rococo' and 'Sprawl II' have more in common because of the synth sounds than perhaps they would to an objective outsider."

"I'm of the mentality that everything we do is a Number One smash and we've obviously never had a Number One smash, so my radar is good for making the music but not so much for seeing the end result."

Read the full interview.

Watch the trailer for The Reflektor Tapes below.

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