With his indie-electronic act LCD Soundsystem shuffling into history, James Murphy is delving deeper into the world of gastronomy. Murphy has announced plans to open a wine bar in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
The former LCD Soundsystem frontman’s new haunt, the Four Horsemen, should starting pouring drinks from early next month, according to the New York Times. His wife Christina Topsoe is a partner in the bar on 295 Grand Street, which will offer a selection of up to 350 wines (with an emphasis on “natural” wines) and a classy food menu with a range of snacks and larger dishes.
Murphy clearly has a taste for the finer things in life. He launched last year his own coffee brand, “House of Good,” through a collaboration with Blue Bottle.
On his new establishment, Murphy tells the title he worked on “tuning” the venue’s acoustics as if it were a recording studio, and so that guests won’t have to shout to be heard. “That’s why it doesn’t sound cavernous,” he said. “All people will know is that they’re happy. They’ll not feel the unpleasantness.”
Murphy is still very much plugged into music. He’s been focusing on film scoring of late, having composed the music for Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young, their second collaboration (2010’s Greenberg was the first). And he produced Arcade Fire’s chart-topping 2013 album Reflektor. Murphy called time on LCD Soundsystem in 2011.
Whether guests at the Four Horsemen will get treated to LCD’s “Drunk Girls” on the inhouse soundsystem late in the evening wasn’t addressed in the Times’ article.