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LCD Soundsystem Share First New Song in Five Years, Will Tour in 2016

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs at the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival in 2010. 

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What is it with LCD Soundsystem and super sad Christmas songs? The last track the band released, before their 2011 break-up, was “Oh You (Christmas Blue),” a jagged rocker featured on the Greenberg soundtrack. Now we have “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” their first song in five years and a tune James Murphy has apparently been humming to himself for around a decade:

As many have noted, the cut might as well be called “Christmas, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down”—it has the same morose, meandering feel of the band’s elegy for New York, with Murphy’s croon cresting over some epic orchestration and a loping bass line.

It also seems increasingly likely that this isn’t a one-off reunion: Consequence of Sound and Billboard both report that the group will embark on a 2016 tour that includes several major festival dates.