Thanks to a mix-up involving a Kilkenny record store, you can now listen to Arcade Fire’s new album in full on YouTube 7 years ago

Thanks to a mix-up involving a Kilkenny record store, you can now listen to Arcade Fire’s new album in full on YouTube

Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, is now available to listen to in its entirety on YouTube and it’s all because of a little record store in Kilkenny. Yes, you heard that right.

One of the biggest bands in the world were due to release their fourth album, Reflektor – an album that has been quite some time in the making – on October 29, but were forced to reschedule after copies of the album were mistakenly sold before the embargoed release date by Kilkenny record store Rollercoaster Records, which describes itself as ‘the happiest little record shop in the world’.

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As a member of staff told JOE this morning, it was an ‘honest mistake’ and once contacted by the band’s management, they went about recovering the two copies of the album that were sold in the store, a gesture that was much appreciated by the band themselves.

So appreciative were they in fact, that band member Win Butler personally got in touch with the Arcade Fire fans who briefly owned the copies of Reflektor to thank them for not leaking it. What a nice fella.

In the meantime, understandably fearing that leaks would appear all over the place before long, the band responded by making a stream of the album available on YouTube, where the 13-tracks on the album have been set to the Brazilian film ‘Orpheus’. The YouTube stream has also been published on the band’s website.

You can listen to it on YouTube, on the band’s website or in the embedded video below, but before you do, take a look at how a quite bizarre yet brilliant story is eloquently summed up on the Rollercoaster Records Facebook page.

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