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Fans of Arcade Fire, rejoice! The long awaited follow-up to 2010’s The Suburbs is finally tangible. Amidst months of shadowy rumors and speculation about the band’s latest recordings, some major, concrete news has emerged: the official release date for the next album is September 9th, 2013.
The new release falls a little over the three year anniversary mark of The Suburbs, an album that solidified Arcade Fire’s musical prowess. Although Funeral was a success in every way, it was through The Suburbs that Arcade Fire achieved the Grammy for Best New Album, beating out Eminem and Lady Gaga, among other musical super stars, and were subsequently catapulted into the mainstream.
Since then, the band has been quiet about their new material. At the end of 2012, they performed several new songs at a super secret, tight security show in Montreal under the moniker Les Identiks. No cameras, cell phones, etc., were allowed into the show, but reports leaked out of the music being more “dance-y” than previous releases. Beyond that, though, it became fans playing a guessing game about what the new album would hold. Although the release date has been announced, fans will be left to wait for more details—say, for example, an album title.
Aside from the September date, the only other details that have come forth about the much-anticipated album have been from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who worked with Arcade Fire on recording several of the new tracks at his New York studio. Murphy only offered vague observations, explaining that while he gave ideas on fine-tuning tracks, his role as a producer was fairly hands-off, and when talking to Rolling Stone, only said that he expected that it was “going to be a really great record, actually.” (I think we can all agree on that one, Mr. Murphy.)