This Week in Sound: Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Thomas D’Arcy, Hayden, Evening Hymns, Great Bloomers


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Arcade Fire is teaming up with James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Arcade Fire is teaming up with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Hayden debuts the lead track from his new upcoming album and Evening Hymns will wrap up their tour at The Music Gallery.

I hope my desk mates will forgive me for disruptively yelling “Yes!” this morning after confirming this juicy, awesome bit of news: Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy are collaborating on a new record. Go ahead, you can jump for joy now too. Murphy (who also co-founded DFA Records), is known for electronica-doused dance punk — something that will surely take Win Butler’s haunting vocals into unknown and experimental territory. Sure, the rest of us will be waiting with bated breath for the 2013 release of the new record, but a few lucky bastards in the band’s native Montreal got to preview the tracks this week.


Small Sins frontman Thomas D’Arcy is no novice when it comes to the music scene — his brand of bright indie pop has been in regular rotation on TV shows and commercials. But for the first time ever, this winter will mark his debut as a solo artist with the release of What We Want, slated to drop in February 2013. Naturally, the record stays true to D’Arcy’s hooky and melodic style, but this time he has the freedom to take some risks, and flirts with droning, synth-soaked drama. To tide us over until the album comes out, the Maple Music Recordings team offers up a double track download here.


Iconic Toronto songwriter Hayden was recently signed to the epic mainstay label Arts & Crafts for the release of his seventh full-length, Us Alone. Last week, Hayden debuted the lead track, “Old Dreams,” a sign of the warm, rich and storied album expected to come in February 2013.


After months of playing Europe and Canada, Toronto twosome Evening Hymns recently announced they will wrap up their tour at The Music Gallery on Dec. 20. Their latest record, Spectral Dusk, is seriously heavy stuff. It was composed after the death of lead singer Jonas Bonnetta’s dad and was recorded in a secluded log cabin near Ottawa. Fellow locals The Wooden Sky played backing band, and members of Timber Timbre and City & Colour also contributed. We suspect this will be one intimate show. Tickets are available here.


From Michael Bublé to Alvin and the Chipmunks, almost everyone seems to have a Christmas album under their belts these days. Thankfully, Paste Magazine has rounded up a sampler of holiday songs that certainly jingles our bells. It features local folksters Great Lake Swimmers and also — did we mention it’s free?


And lastly — but not leastly — check this new video from the Great Bloomers:

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