James Murphy Isn’t Producing Arcade Fire’s New Album

LCD Soundsystem frontman denies being involved in Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ upcoming work

At the beginning of September, some evasive statements made by James Murphy during his visit to Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 programme were interpreted by many as proof of a future collaboration between the New Yorker and Arcade Fire. The rumour was that since then, Murphy might have been called to produce the Canadians’ new album. However, in a recent interview granted to The Huffington Post, the leader of LCD Soundsystem said, a bit ambiguously, that “that isn’t necessarily true” . Murphy doesn’t deny that there has been or may be some type of collaboration, but he seems to be suggesting that it would be an isolated thing, and that it wouldn’t extend to the production of an entire album. In his own words: "We don't work like that. Because I work with friends, if I have time and they're doing something and I'm on the East Coast, then we can do something. But also they don't need a producer, in a way. They produce themselves. When I was making my record, any number of people came and spent a couple weeks or a week hanging out and being involved in the process."

By the same token, Murphy also denies that some videos that appeared recently on the internet, in which he is seen puttering about in a recording studio with Nick Zinner, mean that he took part in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new album. "I just did a little fun stuff. Nothing really big; I don't have time and they don't have time. I think they're done with their record now, I was just fussing around. I didn't make their album. They're just friends."

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