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Arcade Fire Still Recording Next Album With James Murphy At New York’s DFA Studios?

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Arcade Fire STILL with us at DFA … This is going to be one great sounding album,” reads a tweet posted yesterday on the DFA Studio Twitter account. We’re not certain who penned that promising Twitter missive, but we wouldn’t be surprised if James Murphy was responsible, as the ex-LCD Soundsystem mastermind is co-head of DFA Records, the New York-based label with a recording studio located in NYC.

The rumor that Murphy is producing Arcade Fire’s follow-up to the Grammy-grabbing 2010 album ‘The Suburbs’ first surfaced last September, and two months later, Arcade Fire’s manager confirmed the collaboration, revealing in an interview that they were teaming up with Murphy on “three or so songs.”

But with Arcade Fire sans studio — they put the Canadian church studio where they recorded ‘Neon Bible’ and ‘The Suburbs’ on the market earlier this year — it’s not surprising that the band would get comfy at DFA and stick around for more than a couple of cuts. And although Murphy’s continued involvement remains unconfirmed, we also wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest if he is, indeed, still the one twirling knobs for the Fire — and posting promising tweets about the disc, which remains as-yet-untitled and without a release date.

Either way, we don’t expect a release date to be announced anytime soon. “We’re under no pressure to do anything under any sort of schedule,” AF drummer Jeremy Gara told Ottawa radio station CKCU 93.1 FM of the band’s recording timetable last year. But no matter; when the album surfaces, we’re pretty sure it’ll be worth the wait.

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