Arcade Fire say album will feature "all the instruments"

Adding to the buzz, the band has announced that the album will feature at least one appearance by every single musical instrument currently known to humanity.

MONTREAL, QC—Canadian indie rock darlings Arcade Fire surprised fans this week with the announcement that they're currently in the process of recording a new album, due for release next year. Adding to the buzz, the band has announced that the album will feature at least one appearance by every single musical instrument currently known to humanity.

In a note posted on its website the band wrote: "We're looking to re-contextualize the aural experience of conventional rock n' roll into something variegated and kaleidoscopic. This record will be a celebration, a tale of tonalities told via the lute, the lyre, the crumhorn, and the Zimbabwean rattle known as a hosho."

Over the past year the Arcade Fire has been critical of the growing prevalence and popularity of electronic music, most notably at Coachella where they dedicated a song to "all the bands playing instruments."

"This album is for every kid in a garage somewhere jamming away on a willow flute, jew's harp, contrabass or hunting horn," said front man Win Butler, who gave a brief phone interview while taking a break from recording Northumbrian smallpipes tracks in an abandoned grain silo.

"Music isn't about computers, man. It's about the pulalu, the muchosac, the Roman tuba and the whip. It's about finger cymbals, slit drums and American notched gourds. Anyone can push a button, but who can play a folgerphone, djembe, or mittlealtersackpfeife? The juxtaposition of standard rock n' roll instruments like guitars, drums and clapped hands with glass marimbas, erhus and shofars will ultimately show both producers and fans of EDM what real music is all about."

In addition to the grain silo, the as-yet-untitled album is currently being recorded in several churches around North America with a planned release date set for sometime in the Fall of 2016.


Here's a comprehensive list of all the instruments the album will feature.

Accordion
Acoustic bass guitar
Acoustic guitar 
Acoustic bass guitar 
Aeolian harp 
Agung a Tamlang (Philippine slit drum) 
Agung/agong (Philippine gong) 
Ahoko (Ivory Coast rattle) 
Ajaeng 
Alboka (Spanish double hornpipe) 
Alphorn 
Alpine bell 
Alto clarinet 
Alto flute 
Alto horn 
Alto sarrusophone 
Alto saxophone 
Angklung (tuned bamboo slide rattle) 
Appalachian dulcimer 
Archlute 
Arghul (Arabic double pipe) 
Arpa anottolini (Italian hooked harp)   
Arpeggione (Italian six-string)   
Array Mbira (African thumb piano)   
Aru-ding (Philippine Jew's harp)   
Aulochrome (double soprano saxophone)   
Babendil (Philippine gong)   
Baglama/saz (Turkish strings)   
Balafon (xylophone from Ghana)   
Balalaika (Central Asian 2 or 3 stringed guitar)   
Bandola (plucked lute from Cuba, Chile and Peru)   
Bandoneón (Argentinian concertina)   
Bandurria (Spanish/Latin American plucked lute)   
Banhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)   
Banjo   
Barbat (Iranian plucked lute)   
Baritone horn   
Baritone sarrusophone   
Baritone saxophone   
Baroque Wooden Flute   
Baryton (German Euphonium)   
Bass Clarinet   
Bass Drum   
Bass flute   
Bass guitar   
Bass sarrusophone   
Bass saxophone   
Bass/baritone oboe   
Basse a Pistons (French Euphonium)   
Basse Cor   
Basset clarinet   
Basset horn   
Bassoon   
Bawu (Chinese wind instrument)   
Bayan (Russian Accordian)   
Bazooka   
Bell   
Berimbao (Brazilian musical bow)   
Bianqing (Chinese stone chimes)   
Bianzhong (Chinese bells)   
Bifora (Sicillian oboe)   
Biniou (French bagpipe)   
Biwa (Japanese short-necked lute)   
Bock (German bagpipes)   
Bodega (French bagpipe)   
Bodhrán (Irish drum)   
Boha (French bagpipe)   
Bombarde   
Bombardino (Spanish Euphonium)   
Bongo drum   
Border pipe/lowland bagpipe   
Bordonua (Puerto Rican bass guitar)   
Bouzouki (Greek lute)   
Brian Boru bagpipes   
Bullroarer   
Button accordian   
Cabrette (French bagpipe)   
Calliope (steam organ)   
Carillon (Dutch harmonising bells)   
Carillon (Dutch harmonising bells)   
Castanets   
Cavaco (Spanish guitar)   
Cavaquinho (Portuguese guitar)   
Caxixi (Brazilian idiophone)   
Celesta (idiophone)    
Cello   
Ceng (Turkish harp)   
Chabrette (French bagpipe)   
Chapman stick (fretboard)   
Charango (South American fretted lute)   
Chenda (Indian drum)   
Chi (Chinese Transverse Flute)   
Chimes   
Ching (Cambodian/Thai finger cymbals)   
Chitaronne (lower-toned lute)   
Chitarra battebte (Italian guitar)   
Chromatic accordian   
Cigar box guitar   
Cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer)   
Cimbasso   
Cimpoi (Romanian bagpipe)   
Cittern (Renaissance lute)   
Clapped hands   
Clarinet   
Clarinette d'amour   
Classical guitar   
Clavicembelo (Italian pianoforte)   
Clavichord   
Clavichord (European stringed keyboard)   
Concertina   
Conch   
Conga (Caribbean drum)   
Contra-alto clarinet   
Contra-alto flute   
Contrabass á anche   
Contrabass clarinet   
Contrabass flute   
Contrabass oboe   
Contrabass Sarrusophone   
Contrabass saxophone   
Contrabassoon   
Cornet/Cornett/Cornetto/Zink   
Cornish bagpipes   
Cowbell   
Croatian bagpipes   
Cromorne   
Crotales (Struck cymbals)   
Crumhorn   
Crwth (Welsh stringed instrument)   
Cuatro (Latin American lute)   
Cuíca (Brazilian drum)   
Cymbals – crash, hi-hat, ride, splash, tom-toms, zil   
Cymbalum (Western European hammered dulcimer)   
Da'uli da'uli (Indonesian xylophone)   
Dabakan (Philippine drum)   
Dadihu (contrabass erhu)   
Dahu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)   
Daiko (Japanese drum)   
Dankiyo (Turkish bagpipe)   
Daraboukka (Syrian drum)   
Darabukka (Arabic drum)   
Darbuka (Greek drum)   
Darvyra (Greek Duct Flute)   
Denis d'or (ancient Czech chordophone)   
Dhol (Iranian drum)   
Dholak (North Indian hand drum)   
Didgeridoo (Aboriginal Natural Trumpet)   
Dihu (Chinese large bowed stringed instrument)   
Diyingehu (contrabass gehu)   
Djembe (West African hand drum)   
Doedelzak (Dutch bagpipe)   
Dombak (Iranian drum)   
Domra (Russian mandolin)   
Dotara (bass ektara)   
Double Bass   
Double contrabass flute   
Doulophone/cuprophone   
Drum machine   
Dubreq stylophone   
Duct Flute   
Dudelsack (German bagpipe)   
Dudy (Czech bagpipes)   
Duff (Islamic tambourine)   
Dulcian (pre-1700s Western European Bassoon)   
Dulcimer (hammered zither)   
Dulzaina (Spanish oboe)   
Dumbelek (Turkish drum)   
Dun dun (West African large talking drum)   
Dutar (Central Asian lute)   
Duxianqin (Chinese one-stringed zither)   
Ektara (Indian one-string)   
Electric guitar   
Electric organ   
Electric piano   
Electronic:   
English Horn/Cor Anglais (French tenor Oboe)   
Erhu (Chinese violin)   
Erxian (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)   
Euphonium   
Fangxiang (Chinese metallophone)   
Fiddle   
Finger Cymbals   
Fingerboard synthesizer   
Fiscarmonica (Italian Accordian)   
Flageolets   
Flugelhorn   
Flute   
Folgerphone   
French Horn   
Gaida (Southern Balkan bagpipes)   
Gaita (Portuguese & Spanish bagpipe)   
Gajdy (Eastern European bagpipes)   
Gambang (Indonesian xylophone)   
Gan gan (West African small talking drum)   
Gandingan (Philippine set of four hanging gongs)   
Gandingan a kayo (Philippine xylophone)   
Ganza (Brazilian rattle)   
Gaohu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)   
Gayageum (Korean zither)   
Gehu (Chinese cello-like)   
Gender (Indonesian brass xylophone)   
Geomungo/ komungo (Korean zither)   
Ghatam (Indian drum)   
Glass marimba   
Glasschord (crystallophone)   
Glockenspiel   
Gong   
Gottuvadhyam (Indian 21-stringed guitar)   
Great Highland bagpipe   
Great Irish warpipes   
Guan (Chinese pipe)   
Gugin (Chinese bridgeless zither)   
Guiro (South & Central American notched gourd that is scraped)   
Guitar   
Guitar 12 Strings   
Guitarrón (Mexican large bass guitar)   
Guqin (Chinese plucked zither)   
Gusle/gusla (Balkan guitar)   
Gusli (Russian harp)   
Guzheng (Chinese zither)   
Hammered dulcimer   
Handbells   
Hang (steel hand drum)   
Hardanger fiddle   
Harmonica/Mouth Organ   
Harmonium/reed organ   
Harp   
Harp guitar   
Harpsichord 
Heckelphone   
Hegelong (Philippine fretted boat-lute)   
Hélicon   
Hichiriki (Japanese Oboe)   
Hocchiku (Japanese flute)   
Hooked harp   
Horagai (Japanese conch)   
Horn   
Hosho (Zimbabwean rattle)   
Hsaio (Chinese Duct Flute)   
Huemmelchen (German smallpipes)   
Huluhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)   
Hun (Korean flute)   
Hunting Horn   
Huqin (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)   
Hurdy Gurdy   
Igil (Tuvan bowed instrument)   
Inci (Philippine flute)   
Ipu (Hawaiian rattle)   
Irish bouzouki   
Irish Uilleann (Indoor bagpipe)   
Istarski mih (Croatian bagpipe)   
Janggu (Korean drum)   
Japanese Bamboo Flute/ Shakuhachi   
Jew's harp   
Jew's harp (plucked idiophone)    
Jiaohu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Jinghu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Jug    
Kadlong (Philippine fretted boat-lute)    
Kagul (Philippine slit drum)    
Kangling (Tibetan serunai)    
Kaval (Slovakian Duct Flute)    
Kèn b?u (Vietnamese reed)    
Kettle drum/Timpani    
Keyed Bugle    
Keyed Trumpet    
Khene (Northeast Thailand mouth organ)    
Khim (Cambodian/ Thai hammered dulcimer)    
Khloy (Cambodian flute)    
Khol (South Indian drum)    
Kissar (West African lyre)    
Knatele (Finnish zither)    
Kokyu (Japanese bowed instrument)    
Komungo (Korean zither)    
Kora (West African 21-string harp-lute)    
Koto (Japanese zither)    
Koudi (Chinese flute)    
Koziol (Polish bagpipe)    
Kubing (Philippine Jew's harp)    
Kulintang a kayo (Philippine xylophone)    
Kulintang a putao/ kulintang a tiniok (Philippine metallophone)    
Kulintang/ kolintang (Philippine gong group)    
Kutiyapi (Philippine fretted boat-lute)    
Kwa-yen (Chinese hanging drum)    
Kwintangen kayo/ luntang (Philippine xylophone)    
Lambeg (Irish drum)    
Lancashire great-pipe    
Langeleik (Norwegian stringed instrument)    
Laruan (Chinese stringed instrument)    
Lasso d'amore    
Launeddas (Sardinian triple clarinet)    
Leier (German hurdy gurdy)    
Leiqin (Chinese bowed instrument)    
Lirone    
Lithophone (stone barred xylophone)    
Lusheng (Chinese bamboo pipes)    
Lute   
Lyre    
Magyar duda (Hungarian bagpipes)    
Maguhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Malimba (xylophone from the Congo)    
Mando-bass (bass mandolin)    
Mandocello (large mandolin)    
Mandola (US/ Canadian fretted stringed instrument)    
Mandolin    
Mangtong (Chinese bamboo pipes)    
Maraca    
Marimba 
Marimbao (Brazilian stringed instrument)    
Marinbaphone    
Mbira/ Sanza/ Thumb Piano (African stringed instrument)    
Mellophone    
Mellotron (polyphonic keyboard)    
Melodeon    
Melodica    
Metallophones (metal barred xylophone)    
Mijwiz (Arabic double pipe)    
Mittlealtersackpfeife (German medieval bagpipe)    
Mizwad (Arabic bagpipe)    
Mohan veena (Indian guitar)    
Moodswinger (zither)    
Morin khuur/ morin huur (Mongolian fiddle)    
Mridangam (South Indian drum)    
Muchosac (Belgian bagpipe)    
Musette bressane (French bagpipe)    
Musette de cour (French bagpipe)    
Musette du centre (French bagpipe)    
Musical bow    
Musical Saw (wood cutting saw)    
Nadaswaram (Indian wind instrument)    
Naqara (Mongolian war drum)    
Natural Trumpet    
Nay (Syrian wooden flute)    
Ney (Lebanese Flute)    
Northumbrian smallpipes    
Nose flute    
Nyckelharpa (Swedish key harp)    
Oboe 
Oboe d'amore    
Oboe da caccia    
Ocarina   
Octaban (cylinder drum)    
Octapad (electronic drumpad)    
Octave mandolin    
Octavin    
Octocontra-alto clarinet    
Octocontrabass clarinet    
Oliphant/ Cor d'Oliphant    
Ondes martenot (electronic keyboard and slide)    
Ophicleide    
Organ - electric    
Organ pipe 
Overtone guitar    
Paixiao (Chinese flute)    
Palendang (Philippine flute)    
Pan pipes    
Pastoral pipes    
Piano 
Piccolo    
Piccolo clarinet    
Piccolo heckelphone    
Piccolo oboe    
Pipa (Chinese lute)    
Pipe organ    
Piva (Northern Italian bagpipe)    
Psaltery (plucked zither)    
Pulalu (Philippine flute)    
Qanun (Turkish zither)    
Quena (Andean flute)    
Quinticlave (Ophicleide)    
Racket    
Rainstick    
Raita (Moroccan serunai)    
Rajao (Portuguese guitar)    
Ranat ek elk (Thai metallophone)    
Ranat thum lek (Thai metallophone)    
Ratchet   
Rattle    
Rebab (Arabic bowed stringed instrument)    
Rebec (15th/16th century rebab)    
Recorder (Descant)   
Reed contrabass    
Reed Pipe    
Riq/riqq/rik (Arabic tambourine)    
Roman tuba    
Ruan (Chinese plucked stringed instrument)    
Rudra veena (Indian plucked stringed instrument)    
Ryuteki (Japanese flute)    
Sabar (Senegalese drum)    
Sac de gemecs (Catalonian bagpipe)    
Sackbutt (trombone family's ancestor)    
Säckpipa (Swedish bagpipe)    
Saenghwang (Korean mouth organ)    
Sallaneh (Iranian plucked stringed instrument)    
Sampho (Cambodian barrel drum)    
Sampler    
Sang-auk (Burmese harp)    
Santur (North Indian hammered zither)    
Sanxian (Chinese lute)    
Saraswati veena (South Indian lute)    
Sarrusophone    
Sarunay/saronay/sarunai/saronai (Philippine metallophone)    
Saung (Burmese harp)    
Saw ou (Thai bowed stringed instrument)    
Saw sam sai (Thai bowed stringed instrument)    
Saxhorn    
Saxonette    
Saxophone    
Schweizer sackpfeife (Swiss bagpipe)    
Scottish smallpipes    
Se (Chinese zither)    
Serpent    
Serunai (Islamic reed instrument)    
Setar (Iranian lute)    
Shamisen (Japanese 3-stringed instrument)    
Shawm (Renaissance oboe)    
Shekere (African rattle)    
Sheng (Chinese mouth organ)    
Shinobue (Japanese flute)    
Shofar (Jewish horn)    
Sihu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Singing bowl/rin gong (Himalayan standing bell)    
Siren    
Sitar (South Asian lute)   
Sleigh Bells   
Slide guitar   
Slide whistle    
Slit drum    
Snare Drum   
Sopranino clarinet    
Sopranino saxophone    
Soprano clarinet    
Soprano mandolin    
Soprano saxophone    
soprillo    
Sorna (Afghan serunai)    
Sousaphone    
Spoons    
Sralai (Cambodian reed)    
Steel drum    
Steel guitar    
Subcontrabass flute    
Subcontrabass saxophone    
Suling (Indonsian/Philippine flute)    
Suona (Chinese serunai)    
Synclavier    
Synthesizer    
Tabla (Indian/Pakistani drum)    
Tagutok (Philippine slit drum)    
Taiko (Japanese drum)    
Talking drum    
Tambour (French drum)    
Tambourine    
Tamburitza (Croatian/Serbian mandolin)    
Tan-tan (Brazilian hand drum)    
Taphon (Thai drum)    
Tar (Persian lute)    
Tárogató (Hungarian shawm)    
Tea chest bass (skiffle bass)    
Tenor horn    
Tenor mandola (European/ UK fretted stringed instrument)    
Tenor sarrusophone    
Tenor saxophone   
Tenoroon (tenor bassoon)    
Teponaztli (Mexican wooden drum)    
Thavil (Indian drum)    
Theorbo (lower-toned lute)    
Theremin (oscillator)    
Timpani/kettle drum    
Timple (Canary Islands/Murcia ukulele)    
Tin whistle    
Tjelempung/Celempung (Javanese zither)    
Tom-tom    
Tonette (plastic recorder)    
Torupill (Estonian bagpipe)    
Transverse Flute (Traditional Flute)    
Trekspill (Norwegian Accordian)    
Tres (Cuban chordophone)    
Triangle   
Tro u (Cambodian bowed stringed instrument)    
Tromba marina (European stringed instrument)    
Trombone   
Tromboon/babone    
Trompeta china (Cuban suona)    
Trumpet    
Trumpet Bb   
Tsampouna (Greek bagpipe)    
Tsuri-daiko (Japanese hanging drum)    
Tuba   
Tubular Bells    
Tuhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Tulum (Turkish bagpipe)    
Tumpong (Philippine flute)    
Turntables    
Ud/ oud (Arabic and Islamic lute)    
Udu (African clay drum)    
Ukulele (Hawaiian guitar)    
Valiha (Indonesian and Madagascan zither)    
Vertical flute    
Vertical viola    
Veuze (French bagpipe)    
Vibraphone/vibraharp   
Vichitra veena (Indian stringed instrument)    
Vielle (French hurdy gurdy)    
Vihuela (Spanish 2-string guitar)    
Viola   
Viola d'amore    
Viola da gamba    
Viola organista    
Violin   
Violotta    
Vladimirsky Rozhok    
Volinka (Russian bagpipes)    
Wagner Tuba    
Washboard    
Washint (Ethiopian flute)    
Washtub bass    
Welsh pipes    
Whip   
Whistle   
Willow flute    
Wind Chimes    
Xalam/khalam (West African Banjo-like instrument)    
Xiao (Chinese flute)    
Xiaodihu (tenor erhu)    
Xun (Chinese flute)    
Xylophone   
Xylorimba (extended range xylophone)    
Yang chi'in (Chinese zither)    
Yang Chin (Chinese hammered dulcimer)    
Yayli tanbur (Turkish lute)    
Yazheng (Chinese zither)    
Yehu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Yu (Chinese bamboo pipes)    
Yueh Ch'in (Chinese lute)    
Yun Lo (Chinese gong)    
Zampogna (Italian bagpipe)    
Zaqq (Maltese bagpipe)    
Zhongdihu (bass erhu)    
Zhuihu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Zither   
Zonghu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Zufalo (Italian flute)    
Zurna (Turkish serunai)