LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, who has spent quite a bit of time hanging around the food world in recent years, is nearly ready to open his own wine bar, the Four Horsemen in the old Foodswings space in Williamsburg early next month. The idea has been in the works for a long time. "We've been talking about this for years," wine consultant and friend of Murphy Justin Chearno told the Times.
The bar's initial 160 bottle selection, which will eventually grow to 350 offerings, focuses on natural wines, but "We're not dogmatic," Murphy tells Jeff Gordinier. "Like, we don't want to be part of an argument. If I opened a record store, it wouldn't be all punk rock and esoterica."
To go with all of those wines will be snacks and larger plates from Franny's alum Nick Curtola. "We keep calling it a wine bar because we want to underpromise and overdeliver," he explains. "It has to be economically sustainable. It's not a vanity project."
And, of course, the sound system and acoustics will be on point. Gordinier compares the "tuning" to that at a recording studio, only here it's done with burlap covered walls and cedar slats. "That's why it doesn't sound cavernous...All people will know is that they're happy. They'll not feel the unpleasantness."
Music fans, don't worry. Murphy isn't deserting the music scene. He recently made the score for While We Were Young and produced Arcade Fire's last album. Coincidentally, two members of Arcade Fire are working on opening a restaurant of their own, a Hatian street food restaurant called Agrikol in Montreal.
Take a little sneak peek inside The Four Horsemen: