Will Butler has provided an update on the eagerly anticipated new Arcade Fire material.
The band, whose last release came in the shape of the immensely popular 2017 effort Everything Now, were working on new material before the current health crisis put a stop to their creation.
“Arcade Fire was recording. Well, we were recording… But now our drummer is in Australia, two of us are in Canada, and the rest are in America,” Butler said in an interview with NME.
“Australia are having a crazy outbreak, the border to Canada is sealed right now… like, Jesus Christ. It takes more logistics to get together. It always took a certain amount of logistics, but right now it’s insurmountable.”
While the recording sessions were developing well, fans of Arcade Fire should not expect any new music until the current situation improves. “None of us quite have the file management skills for it to be creative at the moment,” Butler added.
In other Butler-related news, the musician 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.