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Will Butler Continues To Tease Solo LP 'Generations' With New Single Bethlehem

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

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Will Butler has posted a new track.

Bethlehem is the third single — following Close My Eyes and Surrender — to preview the Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist's new solo LP, 'Generations', which is due for relase on September 25. It's an energising yet sinister-sounding cut that brings together elements of garage rock and punk. He said:

"This song partly springs from 'The Second Coming' by William Butler Yeats:​ 'what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”'Like a lot of folks, I woke up after the election in 2016 mad and sad and scared and exhausted. This song is born of that emotion.
"My bandmates Jenny Shore, Julie Shore and Sara Dobbs sing the bridge, and it’s a corrective to my (appropriate?) freaking out—this isn’t the apocalypse. You’re misquoting Yeats. Get your fucking head on straight. History has not ruptured—this shit we’re in is contiguous with the shit we’ve been dealing with for a long, long time.  But still, we sometimes do need an apocalyptic vision to make change. Even if it’s technically wrong. I dunno. It’s an ongoing conversation."

Head below to watch the song's video that was co-directed by Adrienne Anderson.

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