Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Announces New Album ‘Generations’ & Shares Single
Will Butler of Arcade Fire will release a new studio album entitled Generations on September 25 via Merge Records. butler previewed the LP by unveiling its lead single, “Surrender,” along with an accompanying video.
The follow-up to 2015’s Policy was produced and engineered by Will Butler in the basement of his Brooklyn home. Contributors to the 10-track LP include Miles Francis, Sara Dobbs, Julie Shore, Jenny Shore, Stuart Bogie and Matt Bauder.
Will Butler issued the statement below about Generations‘ first single, “Surrender”:
“Surrender” is masquerading as a love song, but it’s more about friendship. About the confusion that comes as people change—didn’t you use to have a different ideal? Didn’t we have the same ideal at some point? Which of us changed? How did the world change? Relationships that we sometimes wish we could let go of, but that are stuck within us forever.
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. And then the song ends with an apology—I’m sorry I’ve been talking all night. Cause talking like that, man, not always useful.
Watch the “Surrender” video below:
- Outta Here
- Close My Eyes
- I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know
- Hide It Away
- Hard Times
- Not Gonna Die