Arcade Fire has ushered in the release of the new song "Reflektor" in a big way, by releasing an interactive video as well as a previously announced video by director Anton Corbjin. The interactive video engages the user's webcam to show one's reflection in a mirror, along with other cool tricks involving the main character. The other clip, directed by Corbjin, is a more traditional video featuring the band. Both can be seen on Arcade Fire's website.
David Bowie also contributed some vocals to "Reflektor." Bowie confirmed on his Facebook page that he "supplied a brief backing vocal on the James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced track," which will be available as a two-track 12-inch vinyl release credited to The Reflektors that also includes an instrumental version of the song.
On Monday, the band also officially confirmed their new album will be called Reflektor as well, launching a pre-order for the record on their website. All pre-orders for Reflektor give fans "first access to ticket onsales for special shows and the forthcoming world tour." Reflektor will be a double album, spread across two CDs or two vinyl records. Reflektor is due on October 29 on Merge Records. It is the follow-up to their Grammy-winning Album of the Year The Suburbs.
In other news, Arcade Fire performed a surprise show at Montreal’s Club Salsathèque on Monday night for a crowd of 200 people. The show was announced yesterday morning and billed as The Reflektors, and formal attire or a costume were required, while cameras and cell phones were banned. The live set was short and only contained songs from Reflektor, reports Stereogum, and the band also changed up some of its instrumentation. Gone was the second drum kit of their early years, and instead, they had two additional percussionists playing a mixture of congas, timbales, wood blocks, bongos, and other instruments. There were no horn players present and Sarah Neufeld was the only devoted violinist; Owen Pallett was there, and switched between violin and keyboards. Otherwise, the band's instrumentation consisted of guitars, drums, and synths/keys, Stereogum reports.
Fans will be able to see more for themselves when the band performs on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 28.