Will Butler - Generations

MERGE RECORDS

  • £19.99


 

In the five years since Will Butler released his debut album, Policy, he’s toured the world both solo and as a member of Arcade Fire, released the Friday Night live album, recorded and released Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Everything Now, earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, hosted a series of touring town halls on local issues (police contracts, prison reform, municipal paid sick leave, voting rights), and spent time raising his three children. He also found the time and inspiration to write and record a new album, Generations.

While the songs on Generations contain their fair share of dread and regret, there is ultimately a lightness that shines through Butler’s music. That brightness is at its most intense when he and his solo band, Miles Francis, Sara Dobbs, and Julie and Jenny Shore, perform on stage. Their electricity is palpable throughout Generations, with the bulk of the new songs having been worked out live.

Generations was recorded and produced by Butler in the basement of his home in Brooklyn. Tracking finished in March 2020, as New York closed down for the pandemic. Half the record was mixed in Montreal by longtime Arcade Fire engineer Mark Lawson, the other half by Brooklyn-based producer Shiftee.

 

TRACKLIST:
  1. Outta Here
  2. Bethlehem
  3. Close My Eyes
  4. I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know
  5. Surrender
  6. Hide It Away
  7. Hard Times
  8. Promised
  9. Not Gonna Die
  10. Fine

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