Arcade Fire's highly anticipated album 'Reflektor' began hyping pre-orders last night with two interesting tidbits regarding the Oct. 29 release: it'll be a double album and a world tour will follow.
After releasing two different videos for the first single and title track earlier in the day, the group began taking pre-orders on their official site. The album will be available in four different formats: digital, vinyl/digital, compact disc/digital and a vinyl/cd/digital combo. Meanwhile NME reports the album cover is a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice by Auguste Rodin.
Those pre-ordering the album will also get "first access to ticket on sales for special shows and the forthcoming world tour." No dates have been announced thus far but the band played a "secret" club gig last night at Montreal's Salsatheque. Roughly 100 tickets were sold for the show with the band performing under the name "The Reflektors." Fans were asked to dress in costume or "formal attire" with tickets sold for $9 at the Sept. 9 gig. Those who waited in line but didn't get in were reportedly given wristbands to attend a subsequent show as the band will play tonight and tomorrow evening at the same venue.
Prior to the show, the group arrived wearing large heads and greeted the fans before entering the venue. There's no word on the exact set list as the band barred all video or recording devices from the venue.
However the Us Kids Know forum -- a popular Arcade Fire fan message board -- said the group played for about one hour and performed eight "very long" songs, many of which seemed to be equally disco-influenced and blues-influenced. Stereogrum described one unknown track as "grounded by a synth bass line that sounded like the love child of 'Billie Jean' and the very beginning of 'Livin' On A Prayer.'" The set also opened with "Reflektor" and closed with "Here Comes The Nighttime" which was described as having a "mariachi-style beat".
Earlier today Arcade Fire Tube -- another popular fan site -- posted a YouTube clip in a tweet showing singer Win Butler singing, instruments and the cover art. The clip is believed to be a British advertisement for the record:
"Reflektor" will be the band's first album since their 2010 effort The Suburbs.