LCD Soundsystem released two new songs, “Call the Police” and “American Dream,” that will appear on their highly anticipated new album expected to arrive this year. The tracks mark LCD Soundsystem’s first since 2015’s “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” a surprise single that preceded the group’s 2016 reunion tour.
“Call the Police” is a seven-minute synth-laden slow burner constructed around a motorik beat that steadily increases volume and velocity before exploding into a prototypical climax that LCD Soundsystem has mastered.
“We don’t waste time with love / It’s just a push and a shove,” LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy sings near the tail end of the cut. “Oh, there’s a full-blown rebellion / But you’re easy to confuse / By trigger kids and fakers and some questionable views / Call the cops / Call the preachers.”
The second track, “American Dream,” channels a girl group vibe over its six minutes, culminating in a final coda complete with the “sha-bop sha-bop” of the era.
“You took acid and looked in the mirror / Watched the beard crawl across your face / Oh, the revolution was here / That would set you free from the bourgeois,” Murphy sings, later telling the listener. “Find the place that you could be boring.”
On Thursday, Murphy offered an update on the band’s new album, which will be their first since 2010’s This Is Happening. In a post on Facebook, Murphy said the band is trying to finish the record quickly, though did not estimate a release date, noting he still had to record vocals for one song, mix two songs and get the album mastered, pressed and shipped. “I insist that there is vinyl on the day it’s released (because … well … because I’m an old person),” Murphy wrote.
The frontman said the band is trying to finish the record quickly, though he did not estimate a release date, noting he still had to record vocals for one song, mix two songs and get the album mastered, pressed and shipped. “I insist that there is vinyl on the day it’s released (because … well … because I’m an old person),” Murphy wrote.
Of the album itself, Murphy said, “It’s been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (I think it is, for sure, the happiest I’ve ever been making a record). So it will be sad in some ways to see it leave the house etc. But we’re really looking forward to not feeling ‘late’ all the time, and being able to do things like plan a weekend to do something fun.”
Murphy also said LCD Soundsystem were planning additional live dates, though they were still figuring out logistics such as locations, venue size and ways to ensure scalpers don’t snatch too many tickets. The band recently played five nights at new New York City venue Brooklyn Steel and have several festival dates lined up this summer. LCD Soundsystem will also play Saturday Night Live May 6th.