For months we sat refreshing our browsers, waiting for details on Arcade Fire‘s third studio album. Who would have then thought that in a span of less than 24 hours, we would have gotten basically every piece of information we need.
Fresh after sharing/having their songs leaked by a British DJ, Arcade Fire has officially titled, colored, and provided the release date for the followup to 2007’s Neon Bible. The Suburbs, as it will be known, will feature the pro-Suburbia artwork you see to your right and, depending on where you live, you’ll get to listen to it on either August 2nd or 3rd.
The release will be available in multiple configurations: as a 320 kbps MP3 digital download, a good ol’ CD, a double 12″ vinyl, and bundles which feature the CD or LP packaged with a limited edition screen print posted designed by Wes Winship from Burlesque of North America. Pre-orders are now ongoing.
Arcade Fire has yet to put together the album’s tracklist, but, according to a handwritten note by someone named “Arkady Fireovitch”, “we’re pretty much done with our new album. The homestretch!” So expect those details soon. Based on the aforementioned release details, however, I would say we can already rule out those rumors of double album.
While you’re waiting, be sure to check out streams of the previously heard first single “The Suburbs” and b-side “Month of May” below. This time the band has provided us with legal streams on a fancy lil’ player, so now there is no threat of arrest. Also, the single is now available as a limited edition 12″ at your favorite local record store. Pay particular attention to the words “limited edition” and “local record store.” For those who can’t grab a copy, high-quality digital downloads are also available.
Meanwhile, Win and Will Butler will be on NPR this afternoon (12:00 pm EST) to talk and preview the new album. Listen to a stream here. We’ll of course post any important details shared.
Update: Here are some of the bullet points from Win and Will’s interview with NPR:
— The band began recording the album in 2009.
— Album might be a little lighter than Neon Bible as a whole.
— Contrary to some rumors, 38 songs were not recorded for the record.
— The band chose to release “The Suburbs” and “Month of May” as a 12″ because they “wanted to put it out there in tangible real form… to relate to music in this type of form.”
— There will be more Régine on the album.