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LCD Soundsystem Channel 1980s in ‘Tonite’ Video

James Murphy also defends ‘American Dream’ album art in interview with Zane Lowe

LCD Soundsystem have unleashed their new video for “Tonite,” the latest cut off the reunited dance-rock act’s new LP American Dream.

The video, seemingly filmed with Eighties video technology, finds James Murphy and company performing the new track on a rotating circular stage while the singer recites the lyrics into a tape machine.

LCD Soundsystem debuted “Tonite” live earlier this year before premiering the studio version Wednesday on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.

As Murphy told Lowe in an interview prior to the song’s premiere, the opening lyric – “Everybody’s singing the same song / It goes “tonight, tonight, tonight” – was inspired by Murphy’s observation that a lot of hit singles he kept hearing in taxis revolved around a motif that “we only have tonight.”

Despite the upbeat nature of the music, Murphy’s lyrics offer a deadpan glimpse at aging. “And you’re getting older / I promise you this, you’re getting older,” Murphy says in his trademark sing-speak. “But the future’s a nightmare / And there’s nothing I can do / There’s nothing anyone can do about this.”

Murphy also responded to criticisms about American Dream‘s lackluster artwork. “I think it’s great,” Murphy said. “I stand by it.” The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s This Is Happening is out September 1st.

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