Will Butler and Sister Squares Release Debut Single ‘Willows’

    Former Arcade Fire member Will Butler and Sister Squares – the New York-based band composed of Sara Dobbs, Julie Shore, Jenny Shore, and Miles Francis, who have backed Butler on tour since 2015 – have shared their debut single. It’s called ‘Willows’, and it was co-produced with Miles Francis. Listen to it below.

    “There’s something eternally hopeful about the sound of voices singing in a room together,” Will Butler said in a statement. “‘Humans singing together in a room’ is probably the prime philosophical building block of this band.”

    “‘Willows’ is about leaving the past in the past,” Butler added. “Nostalgia is sweet, but it’s a poison. The scene of the song is someone driving off into the wilderness to meet an old woman—one of the Fates, like in a folk tale. And maybe he wants to be young again, or wants things back the way they used to be. And she says: Anything can happen, for a price.”

    Last May, Butler shared his first songs since leaving Arcade Fire, ‘A Stranger’s House’ and ‘Nearer to Thee’. His last solo album was 2020’s Generations.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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