After five years of silence, LCD Soundsystem recently unveiled a new song, “Christmas Will Break Your Heart”, on Christmas Eve. The track was recorded while Al Doyle stepped aside from touring with Hot Chip and was mastered in two weeks. With wistful lyricism that embodies the loneliness and longing occasionally lingering in the season, the melancholy track serves as a reminder to cherish and to love as time passes by.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the New York City-based rock band release a statement on YouTube alongside the surprise track:
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.
LCD Soundsystem was founded and fronted by singer-songwriter and producer Murphy in 2001. In 2011, after a decade of prominence and the unleashing of three critically-acclaimed records, the legendary group disbanded. The Grammy-nominated indie rock band performed a farewell concert in the Madison Square Garden and has since stated that there are no plans for a reunion.
Multiple sources, however, have claimed that LCD Soundsystem will reunite for at least three 2016 music festivals in the U.S. and the UK. DFA Records, the label co-founded and co-owned by Murphy, denied the rumors.