Merry Christmas! Here’s an Unreleased LCD Soundsystem Song
This won't help to squash those reunion rumors.
LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011, and while James Murphy has kept himself busy talking to Chuck Klosterman, making albums out of tennis data, and trying to convince the MTA to let him change the tone the New York City subways turnstiles make, it’s been five and a half years since we’ve heard any new music from the seminal New York band.
Until last night, when Murphy tweeted a link to a new song. It’s a seasonally appropriate tune called “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” and, as he explained in a long note, he’d been meaning to record it for the past eight years. Apparently, he was able to get the entire band together—including Tyler Pope, who lives in Berlin—to make it happen this year. You can listen to the track below and read Murphy’s statement.
While it still remains to be seen whether the rumors that the band is reforming to play festivals in 2016 is true, it seems a little fishy that Murphy would be able to convince his entire band to get back together just to record a Christmas jingle. Billboard is reporting that this new track means that there is more material in the works, while Consequence of Sound has doubled down on their claim that the group will be playing festivals next year, including Coachella. Whether any of this is true or not, we need to get it settled, for Aziz Ansari’s sake if nothing else.
Statement from James Murphy
so, there’s been this depressing christmas song i’d been singing to myself for the past 8 years, and every year i wouldn’t remember that i wanted to make it until december, which is just too late to actually record and release a christmas song… but this year, al doyle had a short break between hot chip tours where he could be in nyc, and pat and nancy were home, and tyler agreed to fly out from berlin for a few days, so we all recorded this together, reserved a pressing plant slot, and our friend bob weston was available to master it quickly—so that means, less than 2 weeks after we recorded it, there is actually a christmas 7″, which feels like something that could only have happened a very, very long time ago.
anyway, for the holidays we give you the previous, very long run-on sentence, and this song: “christmas will break your heart”, which is another one of those songs which had about 75 lines of lyrics, though we’ve knocked down to 8 to keep the suicide rate in check.