Arcade Fire releases its fourth studio album, Reflektor, on Tuesday (October 29th), and Canada’s Canoe website asked band member Will Butler if the Montreal-based act felt any pressure to follow up its Grammy-winning 2010 effort, The Suburbs. Butler replied, “To be honest there was no external pressure and little internal pressure to top anything. I mean there was external pressure to make something great, which is always the same. But yeah, no unique pressure.”
The Suburbs staged an upset at the February 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony by winning Album of the Year, which was not expected.
Butler said that the band had “a few goals going in” when they started work on Reflektor, with the main one being, “We wanted to have some songs that people who didn’t know who Arcade Fire was would still really enjoy dancing to them.”
Much of the music on the album was inspired by several trips to Haiti, with Butler saying, “That really set a challenge for us … We played some of our own songs, but it was mostly cover songs because you wanted to play music that people would dance to.”
The album’s title track is also its first single.
Arcade Fire don’t have any plans to tour behind the album until next spring, although they have been doing record release shows here and there and are rumored to be playing on top of the famed Capitol Records building in Los Angeles on Tuesday.