According to sources "close to the band", the long awaited follow up to Arcade Fire's 2010 Grammy winning album The Suburbs will arrive September 9th website Stereogum reports. The album was recorded over the last year in multiple locations, most notably here in Brooklyn at the Death From Above Studios with LCD Soundsystem maestro James Murphy, who had this to say to Rolling Stone about the sessions:
"There's a lot of them, and they're mostly self-produced – like, they don't need a producer in a certain way, so I didn't know how it would go. It's always working," he said. "It's just that I might have a different way of approaching how to finish, or how to accomplish an end result that really works. I think it's going to be a really great record, actually," Murphy says. "I'm eager to see it come out."
Arcade Fire also reportedly enlisted the services of longtime friend and collaborator Markus Dravs for the as of yet unnamed album. The upcoming record will be the first time in years Arcade Fire hasn't utilized the Quebec church where both Neon Bible and The Suburbs were recorded, as the band decided to sell the famed property after damages that included a collapsing roof hampered recording plans.
Late last year the band debuted some of the new material at a tightly controlled (no cellphones or cameras) secret show where they were billed as Les Identiks, and reports from the show commented on the upbeat and "dance-y" nature of the tracks. One can only imagine that Mr. Murphy was undoubtedly of some use in trying to flesh out these new songs, and I for one can't wait to hear what dance-orientated Arcade Fire songs sound like.
For those who think "dancey" is beyond Arcade Fire's wheelhouse, I present the following as evidence to the contrary:
Also check out this performance of unreleased song "Crucified Again" from last year, no word whether it will be on the new record but the song sounds like it would have it right in on Neon Bible.