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Find Out Why Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Became A Double Album  

Find Out Why Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Became A Double Album

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September 11, 2013

Because 9/9 isn't just Arcade Fire Day, it's Arcade Fire Week, here's your daily dose of Arcade Fire news: Win Butler was on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show and talked a bit about how many the songs brought to the recording process and how it evolved into a double album.

"I think in Connecticut we were playing maybe 50 or 60 songs, like we literally played 60 songs while we were there and then kind of slowly refined it."

There's only 6-7 songs on each album, so he talked about how that still is enough to stretch into two complete albums worth of material: It's longer than [2010 album] 'The Suburbs' – it's a double record – mostly down to the fact that the songs are a lot longer. I mean, 'Reflector' is seven-and-a-half, there's another couple of seven-minute songs on the record and so it made more sense to stretch it out to two records with two distinct sides. It's more of a classic double LP vibe where you have to flip the side and it takes you to a different place.

After this week’s Arcade Fire videos and talk, we can look forward to the album’s release date of Oct. 29. Reflektor was produced by James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records) and includes an appearance by David Bowie on the first single, the title track. Catch the video here, and the interactive video here. The album is available for pre-order now, and has vinyl, CD and download.

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