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September 3rd, 2013
After weeks of speculation over mysterious symbols, possible album titles and a strange, blank website, we are starting to get some concrete information about new music coming from Montreal’s Arcade Fire. Although we’re still not sure what all those ‘Reflecktor’ signs, found plastered on walls in various cities, really mean, it was confirmed over the weekend that we will be receiving a new song from the Grammy Award-winning band next Monday September 9th. While we start counting down the days till we hear this sweet, new tune, here’s a rundown of why we’re so excited to hear something new from our favourite indie-rockers.
1. It’s been three years since their last album, The Suburbs.
The Arcade Fire released their third album, The Suburbs, in 2010 to some pretty high expectations. Having released two super strong, and critically-acclaimed, albums prior – 2004’s Funeral and 2007’s Neon Bible – this album surpassed the success of both those albums combined. The Suburbs went on to win The Arcade Fire both a Grammy for Album of the Year (it also spurred this great Tumblr from confused Grammys viewers called ‘Who Is Arcade Fire?‘) as well as the annual Polaris Music Prize. So, needless to say, the bar has been raised even higher for this new album.
2. This gives us something till the album drops on October 29th.
We’ve become more and more impatient through the years and we don’t like to be kept waiting. So, this new song will hopefully satisfy our Arcade Fire needs till we can hear the full album at the end of October.
3. We can hopefully get some answers about those ‘Reflektor’ signs!
We’ve been seeing these signs everywhere for weeks now:
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Graffiti and posters have been found in various cities around the world and a Reflektor Instagram account has even been created so, of course, the question is: is Reflektor the album title? A song title? A spelling error? We don’t know! So, hopefully, with the unveiling of a new song, we will be able to answer all of the questions.
4. And maybe an explanation for this new, creepy site.
TheReflektors.com has gone live, but with nothing but scary images of a headless man drowning. Thank you for the nightmares, Arcade Fire.
5. LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy called the new album epic, therefore it must be.
We don’t know much about this new album, but LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy definitely knows something. In an interview with Billboard, he reveals that the band has indeed spent time in his DFA Records studio in New York and that, from what he has heard of the album, it is “epic”. On working with the band, he adds, “I figured, they’re all super talented, do they need another dude there with his opinions? It turned out it was really nice, and everyone was amazingly respectful of one another.”
How can you not trust a guy who also makes amazing music and looks this friendly?
6. They are basically Canadian indie-rock royalty.
Without other power collectives like Broken Social Scene and Wolf Parade around nowadays, The Arcade Fire still stands strong as the country’s biggest and most powerful indie-rock band today. Hell, not even indie-rock, just straight-up rock band. They’ve upgraded from tiny venues to rocking arena-sized crowds and chances are your parents might even know who they are now. The Arcade Fire has made it and we must bow down to the great prospect of hearing new music from them.
7. Are there going to be any dad rock songs on this new album?
Speaking of rock royalty, band leaders Win Butler and Regine Chassagne had their first son in April; an indie-rock royal baby by all means. With this new joy in their lives, the theme of parenthood is bound to make an appearance in the lyrics on this new album, right? We’re very much ready for some Arcade Fire dad rock.
(This is what love looks like)
8. This year is not complete without this album
We’ve already made space in our year-end best-of lists for this album. It might be cutting it close to the deadline, but it will be worth it. Right? RIGHT?
9. We’ve ran out of reasons, WE JUST WANT TO HEAR THIS SONG NOW.