Plus; Win Butler discusses recording 'Reflektor' in New York with David Bowie
Murphy has worked with Arcade Fire on the band’s new studio album ‘Reflektor’, due for release on October 28. Speaking about his time in the studio with Murphy to The Sun, Parry was full of praise for LCD Soundsystem, who Murphy put into retirement in 2011.
“We have tried to work with Murphy before but we could never match our diaries,” Parry says. “But this time the schedules worked. LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire have toured together lots of times. We have always admired each other’s band – LCD are our favourite band ever. I’d be shocked if James doesn’t reform them one day. They are too good not to.”
Meanwhile, frontman Win Butler discussed being in the recording studio with David Bowie, who contributed vocals to new single ‘Reflektor’. “We met early on and we’ve kept in touch over the year,” explains Buter. “It’s like meeting a mentor, someone who has navigated pop and experimental stuff. There are very few role models you can point to who have success like that. Many artists get lost chasing success and end up killing what brought them success in the first place.”
Recalling the time they spent recording with Bowie in America, he continues: “What was cool was that we were mixing at Electric Lady studios in New York. The line he does on ‘Reflektor’ echoes the line he does on ‘Fame’, the song he recorded in the very same studio with John Lennon. So he showed up and said, ‘The last time I was here I was recording with John Lennon.’ And we looked at each other to say, ‘And here you are recording with Arcade Fire.’
Earlier this week Arcade Fire issued a video teasing new track ‘Afterlife’ from their forthcoming album ‘Reflektor’ – click above to watch. The two-minute, 21 second video, posted online yesterday, features footage shot in Haiti and the band’s now-familiar papier macher masks.
The band also posted the lyrics to songs ‘We Exist’, ‘Here Comes The Night Time’, ‘Normal Person’ and ‘Afterlife’ to their Facebook page on October 14. All four songs were performed by the band during their NBC concert special Here Comes the Night Time earlier this year.
Arcade Fire will release their new album ‘Reflektor’ on October 28. Read NME’s track by track review of the album.