LCD Soundsystem turned back on, The Horrors’ V, The National, Kelley Stoltz, Mogwai, Son Little, Ringo Starr and more.
American Dream was “beefed up” in London at the studio of Hot Chip’s Al Doyle. “My wife was taking classes in London, so we just packed up the family and moved there,” says Murphy. “The England that’s seeped into this record is from my childhood. It was a mythical place that I visited in 1986 and was shocked to find that everyone was not listening to the same things I was. I didn’t know anything about the lad culture – the pub, punch-uppy style that was also part of England in the late ’80s. As far as I was concerned everyone was The Smiths and The Cure – it was a real eye-opener to get off the plane and be like, Oh, that is not what it’s like”.