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.