Reflektor

Here’s what we know: There’s a new Arcade Fire album, titled Reflektor, out 10/29 on Merge. James Murphy produced at least part of it. On Monday — 9/9 — at 9PM, the band will release their new single, also titled “Reflektor,” as well as a video from director Anton Corbijn. All of this is awesome news, but the band has deliberately left everything else in the shadows. So: On to the rumors!

As Pitchfork points out, various independent record stores have posted notices about a coming “Reflektor” 12″ single. A map on thereflektors.com seems to point to locations where the single might be available. An English record store called Empire Records claims that the single is actually a 14-track 12″, which pretty much sounds like an album, and you can see the “tracks” — or are they lyrics? note the rhymes… — below. Apparently, though the “Reflektor” single is actually a 45.

Also, the Main reports that the band played a secret show at a Montreal salsa club called Salsathèque on Wednesday night. Let’s take a minute to visualize what a salsa club in Montreal would even be like, and then let’s read the description:

The show was unexpectedly dance-oriented, due to the upbeat rhythms of conga drums and electronic flourishes alongside their most poppy sounds. Although the song lyrics shared the same themes as past releases, they traded their somber orchestral sound for something more contemporary…

The standout track featured various musical directions and sudden tempo changes, sandwiched between the boisterous repeated choruses of “Here comes the night”. Imagine the Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”, but if David Bowie had written it while on vacation.

As awesome as that sounds, though, we can’t be entirely certain that it actually took place. Though cell phones were reportedly banned, it seems hard to believe that this would happen without some renegade crowd member getting off a blurry Instragram shot, or without more Twitter chatter immediately afterward. Still, we can hope.

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Comments (34)
  1. 9/9 at 9? Are they taking album promotion tips from Herman Cain?

  2. Ok its obviously their record store day thing.The whole “The Reflektors” thing as a band name is clearly a subtle joke, complete with neon colours and the sticker that says “ask the selector!”. That isn’t the actual album cover I’d say, just a them having some fun with the whole mysterious thing.

  3. Be still my heart.

  4. I’m prepared to fight off teens and college kids for this. Mind you I will probably be the oldest human there, but I’m there. I love all of this, its so contrary to the current music on demand model. We are asked to participate in it like back in the day…you know what I’m talking about, waiting in a physical line on a Saturday morning for the box office to open. Or maybe you don’t…again I’m probably the oldest human on here.

  5. Sure, why not.

  6. That description of the show sounds like they actually just played this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2ol0QFeu8Y

  7. WHO THE HELL ARE THE REFLECTORS!?!?

  8. Has Joey Fatone’s Dad confirmed anything yet? This is some Foxboro hot tub shit right here, but this time I care.

  9. More likely lyrics than a tracklisting; note how some of them seem to rhyme with each other, and with the word reflektor

  10. If they fit 14 songs onto one vinyl record then color me impressed.

    Or does the 1 & 2 mean it’s a double album?

    Also : YAY! I see my record store on the world map :)

  11. from Arcade Fire tube twitter:

    You can forget about that tracklisting. It’s all shenanigans. Reflektor = A-side. Reflektor (Instrumental) = B-side

  12. Sooo, if this thing is real, how has it not leaked yet? (Even if it IS just the single)

  13. Side note: please don’t tell me this is gonna be Arcade Fire’s concept album about how we spend too much time on the computer.

  14. “Here’s what we know: There’s a new Arcade Fire album, titled Reflektor, out 10/29 on Merge. James Murphy produced at least part of it. On Monday — 9/9 — at 9PM, the band will release their new single, also titled “Reflektor,” as well as a video from director Anton Corbijn. All of this is awesome news, but the band has deliberately left everything else in the shadows.” – hum, no offense, but isn’t this pretty much all we need?

  15. heads up, that’s a man ass.

  16. There has to something similar to Godwin’s Law, but in relation to music discussions:

    “As an online discussion regarding music grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Justin Bieber approaches 1.”

  17. Anyone else notice members of the band missing from the picture?

  18. I got it today for 5.36 euro in Paris

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