To celebrate the release of LCD Soundsystem’s excellent new album ‘American Dream’, the band are giving away a free track, Pulse(v1), which band frontman James Murphy says was too long to fit on the album. Murphy announced via the band’s Facebook page that:
“We shared an extra track for the LP called pulse (v.1). it’s not precisely part of the record, but it’s an addendum (or maybe a codicil?) meant to go after the last track, black screen.
There are a few reasons for this: one, pulse wouldn’t fit on the vinyl, so I didn’t include it there (I think we’ll put together a 12″ with the other versions of pulse when there’s a moment, but that won’t be quick… tour and all.) And two, i really, really like this track.
This track began as a weird and fun synth collaboration between the amazing Gavin Russom and I on some very weird machines, and wound up developing into something else entirely, with Pat (Mahoney) and Al (Doyle) and Nancy (Whang), and Korey (Richey) playing congas. There was even more development which isn’t included in this version, but that’s for future iterations. Tyler (Pope) was in Berlin, unfortunately. But there will be other versions.
It’s a mix that we did a long time ago after the first session of the track, and it’s grown on me as a track to listen to after the LP. It’s super wonky, and I really didn’t want to square the human-ness off of it, but just let it be what it is. So you don’t have to tell me that it sounds super fucked up. I know.
Anyway, we figured the best thing to do was just give it away for free. Sure, you can still get it on various platforms, and it’ll be on the streaming service things, but you can also just go to the LCD homepage and get it for free”.
The track is a serene, 8-bit bleeping wonder. The band has certainly channelled Brian Eno on this album. The link to download the track is here.
Murphy, who has Irish roots, and LCD Soundsystem return to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre for 3 nights, from Wednesday September 27th to Friday September 29th
You can listen to the track on YouTube below: