LCD Soundsystem released their first song in five years yesterday, a melancholy holiday-themed track called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" that's sure to intensify any feelings of loneliness and longing this time of year. The song can be purchased from iTunes and streamed from Spotify, but producer and bandleader James Murphy went the extra mile and had a 7" vinyl edition pressed. There's only 1,000 copies available for $9.99 each, so act fast if you're intent on adding it to your record collection.
The song's release bodes well for the LCD Soundsystem reunion rumors that have been percolating of late. According to Consequence of Sound, the band is planning a 2016 tour composed mainly of festival spots after performing at next year's Coachella. As for "Christmas Will Break Your Heart." Murphy described the song's origins on Twitter and in the YouTube description, calling the tune a "depressing Christmas song" he's been kicking around for nearly a decade:
So, there’s been this depressing Christmas song I’d been singing to myself for the past eight years, and every year I couldn’t remember that I wanted to make it until December, which is just too late to actually record and release a christmas song... but this year, Al Doyle had a short break between Hot Chip tours where he could be in NYC, and Pat and Nancy were home, and Tyler agreed to fly out from Berlin for a few days, so we all recorded this together, reserved a pressing plant slot, and our friend Bob Weston was available to master it quickly—so that means, less than two weeks after we recorded it, there is actually a Christmas 7", which feels like something that could only have happened a very, very long time ago.
So while there’s no confirmation of a 2016 tour from Murphy just yet, a new track bringing some of LCD Soundsystem's biggest names back to the studio is always a good sign.