LCD Soundsystem performs on ‘SNL’ on May 4. (Photo: Xavi Torrent, WireImage)
With the eye-catching titles Call the Police and American Dream, LCD Soundsystem’s two songs, released at midnight on Friday, seem political at first glance.
But dive into the two tracks, both with runtimes stretching past six minutes, and fans will hear a very similar band to the one who “retired” in 2011. After reuniting for a string of festival dates last summer, the acclaimed New York band released their first proper singles since their This Is Happening album in 2010.
Call the Police is the more dynamic song of the two new releases, with LCD frontman James Murphy delivering one of his distinctive David Bowie-soundalike vocals, the whole shebang sounding not dissimilar to U2. While not explicitly political, the track mentions the nation’s current state of political unrest in its third verse: “The old guys are frightened and frightening to behold / The kids come out fighting and still doing what they’re told.”
Meanwhile, American Dream slows down the pace to a lovesick waltz, its lyrics skirting politics altogether as Murphy tells a story of party kids growing old and gripped with nostalgia, which LCD fans will recognize as familiar subject matter for the band.
Ahead of LCD’s May 6 performance on Saturday Night Live, Murphy wrote a Facebook post on Thursday night with a status update on the band’s new album. “1 more vocal and 2 more mixes to go,” he shared.
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