Did Arcade Fire's new single 'Reflektor' leak online?
Arcade Fire performs during a benefit concert in memory of Denis Blanchette, the lighting technician who was killed at the Parti Quebecois' election-night victory rally in Montreal on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Sunday, September 8, 2013 12:52PM EDT
After weeks of pre-release cryptic tidbits surrounding the forthcoming and much-anticipated new album "Reflektor" from Montreal-based indie rockers Arcade Fire, the band’s titular first single appears to have leaked online.
Scheduled to be released on Monday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. as part of the band’s “9/9/9” marketing campaign, the James Murphy-produced dance number has been delighting fans of the band this weekend, after Pitchfork posted a Bandcamp stream of the tune, according to Stereogum. The file has since been made invalid.
The song, which features a distinct retro disco sound with electronic flourishes, is filled out by a melancholic voice that sounds a lot like David Bowie. The British artist has been rumoured to make a guest appearance on the band’s fourth album.
According to the British newspaper The Sun, the pop icon recently joined the band for a recording session at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, where they recorded a track for the album.
For weeks, Montreal’s most-famous music export has been slowly releasing morsels of information related to its new album, set for release on Oct. 29. But fans have been anticipating another date: Sept 9. That date is a part of the band’s clever “9/9/9” underground marketing campaign.
The veil of secrecy surrounding the campaign, however, was lifted last week when filmmaker Anton Corbijn told the Daily Beast about his latest project.
"I’m working on a really great song at the moment: Arade Fire’s new single," Corbijn, the man behind Nirvana’s "Heart-Shaped Box," said in the interview.
"The song is called Reflektor, and you’ll be able to see it Monday …. I can’t say much more than that, because it’s all a surprise. You’ll have to watch the TV Monday evening."
Arcade Fire’s previous studio album, 2010’s The Suburbs, topped charts in Canada and around the world, and won them numerous accolades, including a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.