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- In an interview with NME last month, James Murphy confirmed that Regine was in the studio right up until giving birth in April and that the album is more-or-less finished, at least by non-Arcade Fire standards. Oh, also, it's epic: "It sounds like Arcade Fire in the way that only Arcade Fire sound like Arcade Fire, you know? It's really fucking epic. Seriously. I mean, I feel at this point like I'm too close to it to really talk it up and do it justice. You know?"
- A publicist for Merge confirmed the label will be releasing the album in the U.S.
- According to a fan-operated Twitter feed, Owen Pallet will be rejoining their touring lineup.
- Street art logos with the word "Reflektor" have been popping up in cities around the world, instigating rumors of a possible album title. Though this remains unconfirmed by anyone in the band's camp, Consequence of Sound has confirmed at least two street artists claiming to have been commissioned by the Arcade Fire crew.
- Of course there's an Instagram feed chronicling the whereabouts of the "Reflektor" tags. It also links to this this website, currently running a video in which an artist writes out the word while Arcade Fire-esque music plays in the background.
- As of now, there are reports of "Reflektor" graffiti spotted in Brooklyn by the Bedford L stop and another near the Knitting Factory. See here:
- The webmaster of AF's fan-operated Facebook page (which the band links to from their official website) posted a cryptic message of their own, possibly confirming-by-not-confirming the "Reflektor" rumors.
- "Reflektor" stickers were all over the place at Lollapalooza, so says more Internet commenters, while the "Reflektor" video was played prior to sets at both Lolla and Oshega this past weekend.
- It seems wholly possible this may be a track from the new album. A least maybe?
- Hey, remember when Arcade Fire randomly played a few songs in the middle of Union Square in 2005? That doesn't have anything to do with their new album—other than, I suppose, their appreciation for gonzo promo tactics—but I just wanted to watch the video again:
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