Arcade Fire has been more than a little bit coy about their new album, Reflektor, which drops October 29th on Merge Records. The band first began dropping hints about the project on their new Instagram account last month, suggesting something was imminent, using images to spell out “9pm 9/9,” the intended release date of the first single from their follow-up to 2010’s Grammy Award-winning The Suburbs. A couple of teaser trailers and an interview with Dutch photographer/filmmaker Anton Corbijn later, the Canadian indie rockers have finally released the single (and accompanying video). Also titled “Reflektor,” the song, co-produced by James Murphy, is nearly eight minutes long and features David Bowie on backing vocals and some sparkly electronic flourishes, while the video is quintessential Corbijn, shot in inky black and white and employing spectacular use of a disco-ball glass.
Arcade Fire has also unveiled an interactive short film called “Just a Reflektor.” Directed by Vincent Morisset and filmed in Haiti, the story explores the new album’s themes via the story of a young woman who travels between her world and our own. The band will be the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, hosted by the one and only Tina Fey, on September 28th.