Now that Arcade Fire has released their new single "Reflektor," the band is opening up about their new album of the same name, which had been shrouded in mystery. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler spoke to the BBC's Zane Lowe about the making of Reflektor, which is due out October 29.
Butler said the group spent a month in Jamaica recording with producer Marcus Dravs, who worked on the last two Arcade Fire albums, then went into the studio in New York City with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy.
Arcade Fire has deep ties to Haiti and Butler told Lowe that the country's percussive music was an inspiration on the new material. Haitian congo players contributed to songs on Reflektor and also impacted drummer Jeremy Gaga. Butler said, "Jeremy has never drummed better," adding, "The grooves are really deep. These conga beats are the language in Haiti. They’re how people communicate."
Butler said that overall, Reflektor is a "mash up of Studio 54 and Haitian voodoo" and added, "To me the joy of making music in 2013 is you’re allowed to like Sex Pistols and ABBA and that’s fine. It’s such an explosion, anything that’s good rises to the top, and we want music that respects that."
He summed things up by saying, "We’re at the point in our lives, career, where we’ve accomplished a lot. When it comes down to the music, we’re doing things we haven’t done before. It’s really a joyful time."