Listen to LCD Soundsystem's 'American Dream'

 LCD Soundsystem performs at Austin City Limits Music Festival
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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs during the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Oct. 2, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

With a performance on Saturday Night Live set for this weekend, LCD Soundsystem have unveiled two new singles “Call the Police” and “American Dream,” which they announced earlier today with a typically verbose note from James Murphy. 

While the latter is a classically LCD song about the crush of aging, the former is an explicitly political song that addresses our very bad times.

Some lines refer first to a more general sense of unrest: “Well there’s a full-blown rebellion / but you’re easy to confuse,” Murphy sings. “By triggered kids and fakers and some questionable views / Oh, call the cops, call the preachers / Before they let us and they lose.” Later lines, though, seems to reference Donald Trump’s ties to the alt-right and creeping Nazism: “When oh, we all start arguing about the history of the Jews / You got nothing left to lose / Give me the blues.”

The swirling track ends with a warning: “Just call the police / The first in line / They’re gonna eat the rich.”

“Call the Police” was teased earlier today via an extended clip on BBC, but you can hear both new tracks below in full. A new album is supposedly on the way.

This article originally appeared in Spin.


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