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Arcade Fire’s Will Butler announces new solo album

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has announced the impending release of his new solo album Generations.

Butler, who recorded and produced the LP in the basement of his own home in Brooklyn, will release the follow-up to his 2015 record Policy through Merge Records.

“My first record, Policy, was a book of short stories. Generations is more of a novel — despairing, funny, a little bit epic,” Butler explained in a statement. “A big chunk of this record is asking: What’s my place in American history? What’s my place in America’s present? Both in general — as a participant, as we all are, in the shit that’s going down — but, also extremely particularly: me as Will Butler, rich person, white person, Mormon, Yankee, parent, musician of some sort, I guess.”

To ramp up excitement around Generations, which is due out September 25th, Butler has released the record’s lead single ‘Surrender’ with a video that the multi-instrumentalist directed himself.

Speaking about the track, Butler described it as an effort which “is masquerading as a love song, but it’s more about friendship… Relationships that we sometimes wish we could let go of, but that are stuck within us forever.”

Adding: “It’s also about trying to break from the first-person view of the world. ‘What can I do? What difference can I make?’ It’s not about some singular effort — you have to give yourself over to another power. Give over to people who have gone before who’ve already built something — you don’t have to build something new. The world doesn’t always need a new idea, it doesn’t always need a new personality. What can you do with whatever power and money you’ve got? Surrender it over to something that’s already made.”

Stream the new song, below.

Will Butler Generations Tracklist:

01. Outta Here
02. Bethlehem
03. Close My Eyes
04. I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know
05. Surrender
06. Hide It Away
07. Hard Times
08. Promised
09. Not Gonna Die
10. Fine