Arcade Fire are writing their next record during self-quarantine

Win Butler pens the letter to fans on the eve of his 40th birthday.

Win Butler has confirmed that Arcade Fire are writing a new album while in self-quarantine for COVID-19.

In a lengthy handwritten letter addressed to fans – shared on the band’s Instagram page – Butler reports that “writing has intensified”, though the new record will arrive “eventually, not soon”.

The indie rocker also revealed that the band had been in the middle of recording new material months before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Régine [Chassagne] and I have been writing for the last couple of years, and the band was a few months into recording new material when COVID-19 hit,” Butler wrote. He described the new material as “eerily related to what is happening now”, referring to the title of one of their songs, The Age Of Anxiety.

“Needless to say, the writing has intensified, and the work is flowing out… It is challenging as ever, and with just as much purpose. I’m pouring my heart, soul and all of my precious time into the music and recording,” he continued.

Read the second page of the letter Butler penned here:

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Post 2/3 @arcadefire Regine and I have been writing for the last couple of years, and the band was a few months into recording new material when COVID-19 hit…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 ). Needless to say, the writing has intensified, and the work is flowing out… It is challenging as ever, and with just as much purpose. 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… I just want you to know, dear reader, that you aren’t forgotten. The world is experiencing incredible suffering and uncertainty. I already know people who have been sick and died, and hope that you and those you love have been spared.

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The musician also offered his thoughts on the music industry in the face of COVID-19, saying: “Though this crisis may ultimately change or destroy aspects of the music industry, I believe it will only strengthen music as an artform. It has never felt more essential, spiritual and irreplaceable”

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