Bongo drums. Moody synthesizers. Ocean waves. It appears the Arcade Fire has left “The Suburbs.”
The indie act has closely guarded details of its title-TBA fourth album, due Oct. 29 on Merge, but it released a short video on Wednesday with a keyboard-driven instrumental and footage of the group in the studio and overlooking the ocean — perhaps in Haiti, where the band visited as part of their charity work in February 2012 and March 2011. The video, dubbed “Reflektor,” teases a date and time: Sept. 9, 9 p.m., the likely — though unconfirmed — position for the full single release.
Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy produced the new set, which follows 2010 release “The Suburbs,” which surprised many with its Grammy win for Album of the Year. The musical pairing isn’t the Arcade Fire’s first collaboration with Murphy: members of the band performed and appeared in the LCD Soundsystem “Shut Up and the Play the Hits” documentary, which captured the New York act’s final show at Madison Square Garden in 2011.