David Bowie will make a guest appearance on new Arcade Fire album.
Glam rock icon joined the Canadian band and producer James Murphy during the Arcade Fire's fourth LP making process at the Elecrtic Lady studios in New York. It was also reported that there will be the only song on the upcoming album that will feature Bowie's contribution.
And, what's more, you'll hear this song tonight! Bowie participated in "Reflektor" single, the first piece of the upcoming album to be revealed today (September 9) at 9 pm. The song was leaked yesterday (September 8) and is currently removed, but what we've heard features a lot of jembas and bongos sounds, dance rhythm, atmospheric synths and Bowie's distinctive vocals alongside with the band vocalists' - Win Butler and Regine Chassagne - singing in English and French.
The band also reportedly revealed the single cover. See it below.
David Bowie is known to be a fan of the Canadian band and joined them on stage at the Fashion Rocks event in New York in September 2005 and then again later that month at the city's CMJ Music Marathon. Watch their performance below.
The band's official website was updated - now it features the animation of three drawn with chalk counting time clock faces, "Reflektor" title with written upside down band's title (also written with chalk) and the turned upside down animation of the sea on the background.
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire have debuted a host of new songs at an intimate surprise set at a Montreal salsa bar last Wednesday (September 4). Local website the Main reported that the band played to a "couple dozen" fans at the Salsatheque venue, who were told they would be removed from the venue if they attempted to record or take pictures of the gig on their cameraphones.
The Main described the "standout" song of the short set as: "Imagine the Talking Heads' 'Once in a Lifetime,' but if David Bowie had written it while on vacation." They added that the all-new-material set "was unexpectedly dance-oriented, due to the upbeat rhythms of conga drums and electronic flourishes alongside their most poppy sounds."
The band recently announced details of their first live dates for 2014. They will perform live on the Big Day Out touring festival of Australia and New Zealand in January. Appearing alongside Blur and Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire will top a bill which also includes Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala and DIIV. Big Day out will start on January 17 in Auckland before visiting Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.