Ahead of Monday’s big reveal, Arcade Fire previewed their new album at a surprise show in Montreal last night. According to Montreal’s The Main, it took place at SalsathÃ¨que, as in SalsathÃ¨que, Montreal’s local Salsa club. Accordingly, dancing was encouraged during the short set, which “was unexpectedly dance-oriented, due to the upbeat rhythms of conga drums and electronic flourishes alongside their most poppy sounds.”
The Main went on to describe the material as featuring similar themes to the band’s previous releases, though they’ve “traded their somber orchestral sound for something more contemporary.” One song featured “various musical directions and sudden tempo changes, sandwiched between the boisterous repeated choruses of ‘Here comes the night'”. They continued, saying, “Imagine the Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime’, but if David Bowie had written it while on vacation.”
In more news (since the last time we spoke this afternoon), Arcade Fire’s website now features a map pinpointing the various locations where their new single will be available for purchase on September 9th. As previously reported, the band will accompany the song’s release with a video directed by Anton Corbijn.
Arcade Fires fourth studio album arrives October 29th via Merge. Watch the teaser trailer below.