Stream Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Here

Source: Arcade Fire via Music That Isn't Bad

Arcade Fire's inability to release something normally is starting to seem less genius and more pathological.


The band's eagerly anticipated new album, Reflektor, has been in production ever since The Suburbs was released three years ago. Originally scheduled to come out on October 29, the album has been released four days early as a lyrics video set to Black Orpheus. Check it out above.

Arcade Fire seem constitutionally unable to treat their album releases normally. And that's fine — their records are often exceptionally good. The band has been dropping vague hints about Reflektor through guerrilla graffiti campaignspranks played at surprise shows (where they were already billed under a pseudonym), interactive music videos, and surprise TV specials after SNL.

Reflektor is the longest of the band's releases, clocking in at one hour and 25 minutes. Those who love Arcade Fire will appreciate the album's sense of anthemic apocalypticism; lovers of LCD Soundsystem will enjoy producer James Murphy's winching of the band's grooves; and those eager for experimentation will appreciate the group's further incorporation of Haitian music. No comment yet on whether or not the album in its entirety is good.

Listen above, leave your thoughts below. We've broken to the album into track links below.

"Vol. I"
"Reflektor"
"We Exist"
"Flashbulb Eyes"
"Here Comes The Night Time"
"Normal Person"
"You Already Know"
"Joan of Arc"

"Vol. II"
"Here Comes The Night Time II"
"Awful Sound (Oh, Eurydice)"
"It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)"
"Porno"
"Afterlife"
"Supersymmetry"

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Ben Naddaff-Hafrey

Ben moved to NYC in October. He is currently the editor of the Mic Music section. He graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in American History & Literature and a secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior. Outside of work, he is an active musician.

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