The Arcade Fire Documentary Looks Pretty Amazing

Reflektor Tapes

Arcade Fire have announced plans for an upcoming film called The Reflektor Tapes, to be directed by Kahlil Joseph — whose work you’ll know from FKA twigs and Kendrick Lamar collaboration —  and due in theaters in September.  The film will feature a new, previously unreleased song from the band.

In other words, it looks like that mystery project we first heard about last October is finally coming to light.

The official release:

The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. 

Audiences will relive stunning concerts from the Reflektor tour, re-envisioned in true cinema high definition and surround sound. The film will also offer a rare opportunity for fans to delve beneath the surface and get closer to the band themselves. With Arcade Fire granting previously unprecedented access to Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes fluidly blends in never before seen personal footage, including interviews, documentation of the recording process and moments captured by the band themselves, to dazzling effect. 

Arcade Fire said of the film: “There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads. We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.”

Check out the enthralling trailer below, which finds the band in the studio, on the road, in Haiti, backstage and far beyond: 

Footage was shot during their Reflektor tour, and an accompanying Tumblr account has launched for the documentary (via Arcade Fire tube). Check out the Reflektor Tapes page here.

Additionally, Arcade Fire have shared a compelling 8-minute video of Reflektor track “Porno” taken from The Reflektor Tapes: