Arcade Fire are working on their new album with James Murphy.
Back in October (2012), former LCD Soundsystem frontman Murphy denied that he was producing the band’s follow-up to 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’. He said at the time: “That’s not necessarily true. We don’t work like that. Because I work with friends, if I have time and they’re doing something and I’m on the East Coast, then we can do something. But also they don’t need a producer, in a way. They produce themselves.”
However, in a new interview with MusicWeek, the band’s manager Scott Rodger has confirmed that Arcade Fire are now in the studio with Murphy. 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.”
Last Saturday night (December 1), Arcade Fire played a secret gig in Montreal under the pseudonym of ‘Les Identiks’. All mobile phones and cameras were banned during the performance, but the Arcade Fire Tube fansite documented the evening, revealing that band tested out new songs that were “fun, dance-y and groovy”.
At a previous gig in New York in October (2012), the band showcased a new song called ‘Crucified’, which later surfaced online. Scroll down and click play to listen. Arcade Fire‘s new album is expected at some point next year (2013).