premiered their brand new single "Reflektor
," the first piece off their upcoming fourth studio LP.
The song features the vocals of glam rock icon David Bowie whose contribution was rumored earlier
. Now Bowie himself confirmed that he participated to the Arcade Fire's fourth LP via his Facebook page
The song premiere was followed by the premiere of two music videos for the song. The first one, directed by Anton Corbijn
, can be seen below, while the other one, the interactive video by Vincent Morisset
can be seen here
only. According to the text accompanying the video, the "Just A Reflektor
" film is "an interactive short film that explores the themes in Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Filmed in Haiti, where the band's singer Regine Chassagne was raised, the story follows a young woman who travels between her world an our own."
The film was shot in Jacmel and features the track "Reflektor" in full. Users must have the Google Chrome web browser to interact with the film.
The band previously experimented with online interactive videos with "We Used to Wait
" ("The Wilderness Downtown
" film) and "Neon Bible
The band's fourth studio album, "Reflektor
," will be released on October 29. Yesterday it was rumored
that the upcoming effort will be double LP. Now it's official: the next Arcade Fire album will be their first ever double LP, as the official pre-order website
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire have launched their "Reflektor" single with a surprise show in Montreal. The band played the small Salsatheque venue under the alias the Reflektors
on Monday night (September 9). CBC News
reports (via NME
) that only 100 tickets went on sale for the show, which started at 9pm [ET]. Fans were asked to wear fancy dress to the gig - with Arcade Fire's Twitter account stating: "Formal attire or costume MANDATORY. (Formal wear = suit, dress or fancy something...)."
The band also linked to the venue's website, however this soon crashed, as the bandwidth limit was exceed due to the amount of fans visiting the site. Tickets for the show were $9, in keeping with the "9"
theme, which saw the single released on the ninth day of the ninth month. Record stores also began selling limited vinyl copies of the single, which was listed on the sleeve as being by the Reflektors, at 9pm last night.
Arcade Fire arrived at the venue wearing the oversized papier-mache heads used in the video for "Reflektor."
Here's Anton Corbijn-directed video for "Reflektor:"