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"Reflektor" - Arcade Fire ft David Bowie [Audio Stream]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published September 7, 2013

UPDATE: Click here to check out the official music video for "Reflektor"

UPDATE: Click here to check out the interactive music video for "Reflektor" at justareflektor.com. It is awesome, but it only works on computers with a webcam.

The Arcade Fire "Reflektor" single has leaked, and it is glorious. Actually, it's over 7 minutes long and it sounds like David Bowie comes in at around the 5 minute mark.

David Bowie has not been confirmed as the vocalist during the latter part of the song, but we're gonna go out on a limb and say that it's an 80% chance that is indeed him. That voice is one of a kind, and we even hear his signature horns come in just before his voice appears. Beautiful production. Rumors began circulating about an Arcade Fire / David Bowie collaboration this morning, and now we see why. At this time, we also don't know if James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) produced this particular song, although that also seems likely.

Perhaps not the greatest song of all time, but it sounds pretty cool on first listen and so often with music it takes several listens before you can truly appreciate a work. This is also a file that has been recorded from a vinyl leak, so the audio fidelity is questionable. Latin and disco vibes meld nicely with angsty psychedelic rock and glitchy electronics. The official release of this single is set for Monday, 9/9 along with the music video at 9pm. The album is set for a release on Merge Records on October 29th.

Enjoy!

"Reflektor" lyrics by Arcade Fire (courtesy of desapaulecidos on reddit):

Trapped in a prism
In a prism of light
Alone in the darkness
Darkness of white
We fell in love
Alone on a stage
In the reflective age
Entre la nuit, la nuit et L'Aurore,
Entre le royaume des vivants et des morts
If this is heaven
I don’t know what it’s for
If I can’t find you there
I don’t care
I thought I found a way to enter
It’s just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
I thought I found the connector
It’s just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
Now, the signals we send
Are deflected again
We’re still connected
But are we even friends?
We fell in love when I was nineteen
And I was staring at a screen
Entre la nuit, la nuit et L'Aurore,
Entre le royaume des vivants et des morts
If this is heaven
I need something more
Just a place to be alone
Cause you’re my home
I thought I found a way to enter
It’s just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
I thought I found the connector
It’s just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor, just a Reflektor)
It’s just a Reflektor, just a Reflektor
It’s just a Reflektor, just a Reflektor
Just a Reflektor, Reflektor
Just a reflektor (repeat)
Just a reflection of a reflection
Of a reflection of a reflection of a reflection, ah!
Will I see you on the other side?
We all got things to hide
It’s just a reflection of a reflection
Of a reflection of a reflection of a reflection, ah!
Will I see you on the other side?
We all got things to hide
Alright, let’s go back!
Our song escapes
On neon silver discs
Our love is plastic
We’ll break it to bits
I want to break free
But will they break me?
Down, down, down
Don’t mess around
I thought I found a way to enter
It’s just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
I thought I found the connector
It’s just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
It's just a Reflektor (repeat)
Thought you would bring me to the ressurector
Turns out it was just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
Thought you would bring to me the ressurector
Turns out it was just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
Thought you would bring to me the ressurector
Turns out it was just a Reflektor (It’s just a Reflektor)
It’s a Reflektor
Just a Reflektor
Just a Reflektor
Will I see you on the other side?
It’s just a Reflektor
(AH!)
Will I see you on the other side? (Reflektor!)
We all got things to hide (Reflektor!)
It’s just a Reflektor
Will I see you on the other side?

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