Arcade Fire Working With James Murphy

There probably wasn’t going to be a shortage of excitement surrounding the Arcade Fire’s forthcoming fourth album, their first since that shocking Grammy win. Even so, they’re upping the hype factor by an order of magnitude — they’re working on the album with James Murphy (who surely needs the work since retiring LCD Soundsystem). The longstanding rumors of a collaboration were confirmed by Arcade Fire fan community Arcade Fire Tube, who pointed to a quote from the band’s manager, Scott Rodger, in Music Week. Said Rodger:

“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.”

Does this mean Arcade Fire are going straight into their Zooropa period? Man, here’s hoping.

Comments (10)
  1. according to Pitchfork the album’s not due till late next year. late next year?? fuck, man.

  2. Dying!! I need this album to come out asap.

  3. it seems like James Murphy is related to everything I love

  4. Double album. Oh my god you guys can you imagine if Arcade Fire released a double album…

    • they already did, “The Suburbs”. please pardon my snark, i just think it’s too long.

      • Agree completely. Great, great album, but not efficient in the least.

        • just listened to it all the way through and it’s a task, man. IMHO, and that’s all it is…drop empty room, city with no children, half light I, sprawl I, the suburbs (con’t), and pick either wasted hours or deep blue and that for me, would make the record feel a lot stronger. but i dont think that was their intention to make a taut, efficient, ‘best ten songs’ album. i think it’s supposed to feel the way it does: sprawling, never finished, like the suburbs.

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