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Listen to Arcade Fire andDavid Bowie's epiccollaboration ‘Reflektor’

Arcade Fire have teamed up with David Bowie for an eight-minute disco tinged epic, ‘Reflektor’.

The lead track from their upcoming album was produced by LCD Soundsystem’s producer James Murphy in New York City and features Win Butler and Régine Chassagne taking a turn on lead vocals before Bowie makes his cameo appearance. It’s easily the band’s most danceable release to date with its jittery disco beat, electronic pulses and saxophones. Listen below before it’s taken down:

Listen to ‘Reflektor’:

A video clip for ‘Reflektor’ directed by Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn will be released shortly. In the 2012 documentary Anton Corbijn: Inside Out, Corbijn describes Arcade Fire as “music that brings everyone together” but the teaser for the clip is a stark affair featuring shots of black-and-white waves breaking in reverse and band members slipping in and out of focus. The soundtrack to the 41-second ‘Reflektor’ teaser features soaring string section and a bit of bongo work that could have been lifted from The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy for the Devil’.

The band doesn’t have any shows on its schedule until the Big Day Out tour early next year, but not even promoter Ken West knows exactly what to expect. “The scary thing about Arcade Fire is that they don’t know what they’re bringing because they haven’t designed their shows yet,” West told FL in July. We do know that they won’t clash with the festival’s other headliners – Blur and Pearl Jam – but that’s about it.

Arcade Fire’s fourth album will be released on October 29.

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Watch Bowie and Arcade Fire performing ‘Wake Up’ in 2005:

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lotus_flower

lotus_flower said on the 9th Sep, 2013

found this song a bit of a bore really

certainly lowered my expectation of the album which could be a good thing as my expectation was sky high

VegetableLasagne

VegetableLasagne said on the 9th Sep, 2013

i like it, but dunno if i'd label it "epic"..

Thom_Dorke

Thom_Dorke said on the 9th Sep, 2013

bit crap except for the bowie bit

humanracin

humanracin said on the 9th Sep, 2013

I like the Bowie bit, the rest is a bit meh.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 9th Sep, 2013

Red Eye Records in Sydney are the only place selling the new single in Australia, and I guess the first place worldwide. Opening at 9pm tonight specifically for it.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 9th Sep, 2013

I am seriously tempted to head over there to buy it, but that would involve doing something.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 9th Sep, 2013

Screw it, I'll be there. If I see you, there's a slim chance I'll say hi.

haydendavies

haydendavies said on the 9th Sep, 2013

I really don't mind it - the fact that having Arcade Fire David Bowie James Murphy on the same song makes it epic, if that is what they meant, but if they meant the song itself is epic, that's a bit of an overstatement.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 10th Sep, 2013

Hmmm, not too fussed about it.

haydendavies

haydendavies said on the 10th Sep, 2013

Now that I have actually listened to it properly and not just messed around with the whole interactive thing, it's pretty good actually. Really digging it, super excited for Big Day Out!

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 10th Sep, 2013

I don't get this band.

I'm old.

Get off my lawn.

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 10th Sep, 2013

I like it. (quality special comments those)

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 10th Sep, 2013

I love it.

surprising no one.

DeathCabForZoey

DeathCabForZoey said on the 10th Sep, 2013

i liked it too. it dragged on a bit at the start, but as soon as the bowie part came on it just about revived itself.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 12th Sep, 2013

hello death cab for zoey, we r kindred spirits

DeathCabForZoey

DeathCabForZoey said on the 12th Sep, 2013

haha omg. what makes you say that?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 12th Sep, 2013

Maybe not quiet the kindred spirit Gman was hoping for.

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DeathCabForZoey

DeathCabForZoey said on the 12th Sep, 2013

lol maybe i should have read lineofbestfit 's user name first before replying? haha now it makes more sense. i have my moments.