Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has confirmed that the seminal indie rockers are cooking up new music. In a series of Instagram posts, shared on the eve of his 40th birthday, Butler confirmed that the band have been working on the first follow up material since 2017’s Everything Now.

“We had been exploring a lot of lyrical and musical themes that feel almost eerily related to what is happening now (we actually have a song called Age of Anxiety written a year ago for Christ’s sake – ha ha ),” he shared in the post. “Needless to say, the writing has intensified, and the work is flowing out… It is challenging as ever, and with just as much purpose.”

Butler continues, “Though this crisis may ultimately change or destroy aspects of the music industry, I believe it will only strengthen music as an art form. It has never felt more essential, spiritual and irreplaceable…a church that lives in the air between the source and your ears.”

You can find the Instagram posts below.

The announcement follows a teaser video that Butler shared on his Instagram story earlier this month. The clip featured eight seconds of an acoustic track without any vocals, captioned “sometimes it takes 20 years to write a song”.

One swift Reddit user captured the story, which you can view here

Last year, Arcade Fire celebrated the 15th anniversary of their record Funeral. To commemorate the affair, the band shared a restored version of their first music video, for ‘Rebellion (Lies)’.

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