Anyone expecting a sprinkle of DFA magic on the new Arcade Fire record are, unfortunately, likely to be disappointed.
Last month, erstwhile LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy hinted that he was involved with the latest album from Canadian indie behemoths Arcade Fire. Speaking on Radio 1, Murphy was asked by DJ Zane Lowe whether he could “talk about the AF record?”; Murphy coquettishly replied “that’s not something I can talk about yet. The Abercrombie & Fitch record”.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Murphy said that the reports were not “necessarily true”: “We don’t work like that. Because I work with friends, if I have time and they’re doing something and I’m on the East Coast, then we can do something. But also they don’t need a producer, in a way. They produce themselves. When I was making my record, any number of people came and spent a couple weeks or a week hanging out and being involved in the process.”
Murphy also scotched rumours that he was working on the forthcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs album. Rumours began to percolate after video footage emerged of Murphy looking about in the studio with YYY lynchpin Nick Zinner. However, Murphy insists that it was “Nothing really big; I don’t have time and they don’t have time. I think they’re done with their record now, I was just fussing around. I didn’t make their album. They’re just friends.”