After a promotional rollout including surprise shows, teaser videos and Saturday Night Live, the wait is over: Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor is available to hear in its entirety. An official YouTube stream became available today, set to footage from the 1959 film Black Orpheus. “It’s one of my favorite films of all time,” Win Butler recently told Rolling Stone.
The band recorded the double album over three years in Haiti, Jamaica, New York and Montreal with producers James Murphy and Markus Dravs. As we previously reported, it spikes the band’s classic coliseum-shaking hymns with dub reggae, Clash style punk-funk and Eighties synth bounce, inspired by the band’s trips to Haiti. “I just felt like we were opened up to a new influence. Bob Marley probably felt the same way the first time he heard Curtis Mayfield.”
In his recent review, David Fricke gave the album four-and-a-half stars, calling it “the best album Arcade Fire have ever made.”
Reflektor is out October 29th on Merge. Stream it below: