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Sunday December 1, 2013 12:26 am

Arcade Fire’s Jamaican Castle Studio

Arcade Fire rented a castle to write and record music for their latest album.

The "Ready to Start" band spent time at Trident Castle - which was built in 1979 and is to be turned into a hotel - in Jamaica before releasing Reflektor and were inspired by the county's vibrant music scene.

"In Jamaica at night you hear the sound systems coming from every corner of the island. It's impossible not to absorb that. The way people relate to music there is really deep. It was great to be a band together and have a shared experience. It was like summer camp but with intense work," said the band's frontman Win Butler.

The group loved the "outlandish" setting and thought it harked back to old days of rock 'n' roll excess. "For us to do something outlandish - it's how people used to make records in the 70's. Rent a castle! It felt like the Stones in the south of France, big time. Minus taking a speed boat to buy heroin," Win said.

Jamaica is where Win also met up with singer Grace Jones after approaching her for a collaboration and was overjoyed with her response: "I met Grace, she was on the beach playing with her granddaughter. I played her an early version of 'Reflektor' and she started dancing immediately. I'm like, 'All right!' Grace Jones is dancing to our song - we're definitely doing something right!"



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