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Butler, Will

Generations

Merge
LP $18.95

09/25/2020 673855072012 

MRG 720 


CD $13.25

09/25/2020 673855072029 

MRG 720 CD 


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. Wild synth production—gnarly bass synths with live drums—and anthemic backing vocals as on first single “Surrender” are punctuated by intimate, direct moments: Butler’s voice cracking on “Fine” as he conjures his ancestors, and “Promised,” a meditation on friendship, how lives are built together, and how and why they drift apart. 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 (who is, incidentally, bandmate Julie Shore’s husband and Will’s brother-in-law).

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