Stress no longer, LCD Soundsystem fans, frontman James Murphy has taken to the band’s Facebook page overnight to announce that their hugely anticipated sixth album has been completely recorded. According to Pitchfork, Murphy first made the announcement several days ago during their set at Sasquatch! Music Festival, but has now made it concrete. In a highly informative post, Murphy reports completion of the music and mixing with just ‘some art stuff’ to finalise. He reveals a rough timeframe of six weeks if everything goes to plan (though braced everyone for a likely longer wait than that) and apologised for the unexpected wait for new music. Read the full post below:
The new album will be the first LCD Soundsystem material since 2015’s Christmas Will Break Your Heart that was released shortly after the group reunited following their split in 2011 and their first longplayer since 2010’s third studio effort This Is Happening. As yet untitled, the record will be the last to come from the original DFA Studios in Manhattan, the birthplace of every prior LCD Soundsystem album. Murphy details that they’re closing it down after he has been there almost 20 years.
The dance punk superstars went off the grid for five years after their third album until early 2016, where their reunion was confirmed and saw them return to headlining mega-festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo among others. Amid fevered anticipation for a fourth studio album, LCD Soundsystem spent 2017 releasing a pair of singles in call the police and american dream and performing other new songs live that had their fans’ hopes sky-high. If what we’ve heard of this new record so far (assuming any of these songs make the final cut), album number four is going to be a triumphant return.
Australian fans should welcome this news with rapture, the band had initially cancelled their 2016 tour dates here to finish work on the album but are set to headline a monster Splendour In The Grass this year, a festival taking place oh, a little over six weeks from now.
Might Splendour be one of LCD Soundsystem’s first performances following the album’s released? Fingers crossed Murphy and co. get all their ducks in a row and have their catchers mitts on by then.
LCD Soundsystem Tour Dates
Monday July 24: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (sold out)
Wednesday July 26: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne