’s recent collaboration with David Bowie
came about after the singer light heartedly threatened to steal the song. Speaking to NME
, the band's guitarist Richard Reed Parry
revealed that Bowie’s input came about after he made a chance visit to the studio:
"It was just after 'The Next Day' had come out. He basically just came by the studio in New York while we were mixing, just to have a listen to the stuff we were doing,"
explains Parry. "He offered to lend us his services because he really liked the song. In fact, he basically threatened us - he was like, 'If you don't hurry up and mix this song, I might just steal it from you!' So we thought, well why don't we go one better, why don't you sing on our version? Thankfully he obliged, and we were really happy about that."
Parry also states that the more dance orientated sound of the "Reflektor
" single "represents an angle of the record"
, but does not tell the full story. "It's pretty all over the map,"
he says. "And that was the goal. We wanted to go to extremes. Sometimes it's like a bluesy bar band, and others it's more like a disco band in a weird old nightclub from a country nobody's ever heard of."
"Reflektor," the band's fourth album, is set for release on October 28. Frontman Win Butler recently described the album, which is a double, as a "mash-up of Studio 54 and Haitian voodoo."
Bowie’s Arcade Fire collaboration comes after Noel Gallagher
revealed that the singer possibly has another album of material left over from "The Next Day" sessions: "According to people I've spoken to, there's another album in the pipeline. There was, like, 29 songs or something."
However, Gallagher is unsure if and when the material will see the light of day:
"I don't know what's next for Bowie. He could disappear for another ten years or there could be another album,"
he said. "He might do the greatest tour of all time or he might never gig again. Who knows?"