Arcade Fire's new single, "Reflektor," may have leaked, but the Montreal indie-rock giants still have 9/9 on lock. "Reflektor" is expected to arrive officially today, September 9, at 9 p.m. EST, along with a video directed by Anton Corbijn. But this late-summer Monday has already been full of AF-related developments.
Most recently, Arcade Fire have been confirmed as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live's season premiere. As Variety reports (via Pitchfork), the Suburbs exiles will perform on the show's September 28 episode, hosted by none other than Tina Fey, who will undoubtedly make a self-deprecating joke about how the band is way cooler than her musical tastes.
Arcade Fire Tube is all over it. Most notably for those of us outside Quebec, a listing for Arcade Fire's new album, also titled Reflektor, has popped up on New Zealand's iTunes. The listing includes the cover art you see above (and in full below), which shows a marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin, based on a story from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The listing further suggests Reflektor will be a double album, consisting of 13 songs in all. None of this is confirmed, because secrecy.
Speaking of secrecy, Arcade Fire's reported secret show last week at a Montreal salsa club looks to be getting a not-so-secret reprise. A poster on the website for Salsathèque indicated Arcade Fire's alter ego as the Reflektors will be playing there tonight at, yup, 9 p.m., with a ticket price of $9. "Formal attire or costume mandatory," the poster reads; that's also below.
Over the weekend, the group posted a new promotional photo on Twitter. The members are upside-down; check it out, yup, below. And stay tuned for updates.