While gearing up for the release of his forthcoming solo album Generations, which is set for release on September 25th via Merge, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has released a video for his new track “Close My Eyes.”
The breezy new track revolves around a catchy pop instrumental line, as Butler’s lyricism take the lead, delivering lines like, “I know you’re gonna come around and stand by me/ But I’m tired of standing while the world’s dissolving/ Close my eyes, close my eyes, close my eyes/ And it’s almost alright.” The accompanying video sees Butler pushing a rowboat that was built by his grandfather around a lake.
“I tried to make the lyrics a straightforward and honest description of an emotion I feel often – a drive for change coupled with despair,” Butler explains. “‘I’m tired of waiting for a better day. But I’m scared and I’m lazy and nothing’s gonna change.’ Kind of a sad song. Trying to tap into some Smokey Robinson/Motown feeling – ‘I’ve got to dance to keep from crying.'”
Watch the video for “Close My Eyes” below.