In addition to reportedly releasing their single Reflektor at 9 PM tonight, Arcade Fire are already occupying the morning news circuit on several fronts. First off, if you thought that that voice on “Reflektor” bears a striking resemblance to David Bowie, give your instincts a pat on the back – it’s him. Bowie confirmed the collaboration on Arcade Fire’s James Murphy-produced single on his Facebook page.
We can confirm that David Bowie has supplied a brief backing vocal on the James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced track (no saxophone though), which is being issued under the alias of The Reflektors in the reflekting sleeve pictured here.
The vinyl is a very limited 2-track 12” with an instrumental of the A-side on the reverse and will only be available in stores at 9:00pm at your nearest participating store.
The reverse of the sleeve is designed to look like it has an album tracklisting for the upcoming album due on October 29th, but it is in fact just snippets of lyrics from Reflektor.
Also, the hyper-interactive for “Reflektor” is up as well. In the same fashion that “The Wilderness Downtown” and “Neon Bible” were created. The video lets anyone with a mouse, tablet, or mobile device control the effects in the video. Via Pitchfork:
It was written, directed, and produced by longtime Arcade Fire collaborator Vincent Morisset and filmed in Jacmel, Haiti. According to the video’s site, “the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own.”
Head over to justareflektor.com for the full experience and watch the trailer below:
Go behind the scenes:
Update: Check out the non-interactive video for “Reflektor” – directed by Anton Corbijn here