Arcade Fire’s Will Butler to write songs based on Guardian news stories

He'll release a song a day all next week

Arcade Fire member Will Butler has revealed that he’ll write and release a song a day next week based on news stories from The Guardian.

Speaking to The Guardian in interview, Butler said of his motives: “It’s a cruel thing, but sometimes you read something and think, “Uh oh. I could make something really meaty out of that.” Something like the Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial — my God, that’s the gnarliest story in the world, but it’s interesting. Or you might read a science headline and think, “The universe is so much bigger than I thought it was.” There’s something really beautiful in that.”

Butler will release the songs via The Guardian’s website, starting on Monday (February 23). Butler’s solo debut ‘Policy’ is due to be released March 16 via Merge Records.

Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter recently said the decision to go solo was a result of being asked to finish the score for Spike Jonze’s film Her, after his brother Win and his wife Régine Chassagne – who were originally scoring the film – announced they were having a baby. “[Solo work] was kind of forced on me; I feel like my name was suddenly out there,” he said.

Butler has also discussed the material on his new album, revealing that “there’s a little more dumb humour than you find in Arcade Fire”. He added: “To me, it’s a bit like the world of Moby Dick – you think of it as a serious work of American literature, but it starts off with this slapstick sequence and jokes and whale penises.”

Last month, Butler premiered new song called ‘Anna’ and confirmed a European tour for April that includes four UK and Ireland Dates – in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Dublin. The singer-songwriter was also announced as part of the line-up for this year’s SXSW festival alongside Palma Violets, Best Coast, Kate Tempest, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Leon Bridges.

Will Butler will play the following UK and Irish dates:

Glasgow School of Art (April 20)
Manchester Deaf Institute (21)
London Scala (22)
Birmingham The Institute (23)
Dublin Whelans (25)

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