LCD Soundsystem: The Essentials

LCD Soundsystem is one of the most anthemic electronic rock groups we've ever had the pleasure to hear. Part of the reason the members have flown under the radar in recent years was due to a confirmed disbandment.

Upon further inspection of the moniker, you may question why the main music videos you see are muppet related, or perhaps why one of the band's most popular sounds features a three-minute interlude that makes you wonder if your headphone is broken because of the subdued vocals, or maybe you're wondering why the songs are six minutes on the short side, and 46 at the longest.

The band, fronted by James Murphy, announced that it would play its last show ever on April 2, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. From 2011 to 2015, the outfit was defunct. That is until it released a Christmas single, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart," and revealed plans for a fourth album.

The announcement was followed with numerous festival appearances last year - which are continuing this year - and the group is hopefully releasing an album sometime in 2017. But without new music to date, LCD Soundsystem's fanbase has mostly been comprised of long-time fans desperate to see the group while the reunion lasts, rather than a new crop of listeners.

2017, the year of the band's return, is the ultimate time to become a fan of a group that is completely addictive and challenging to an established musical palate.

"Someone Great" and "All My Friends" - side-by-side tracks on the second album Sound of Silver - are melancholic songs amounting to over 14 minutes combined. They're instrumentally diverse for a band that is lauded for its electronic collusion, with "All My Friends" entirely anchored by a piano introduction. "You're smaller than my wife imagined/Surprised you are human" and "I wouldn't trade one stupid decision for another five years of life," respective lyrics from the songs, are perfect introductions to the stabbing and raw lines Murphy spouts. 

While not much is known about the group's fourth album - aside from some bits and bobs the band shares via Facebook comments - fans can hopefully expect it sometime between slated festival performances.

Listen to our essentials playlist for a look into some of the group's best songs - and don't let yourself get intimidated by the eight or nine minute tags. It's entirely worth it. 


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