Monday, March 2, 2015

Will Butler's Debut Album "Policy"

Will Butler has made enough noise in his few months promoting his new solo ventures - most recently because he penned a week's worth of songs inspired by Guardian headlines. Although I doubt the intent, I've started to forget his affiliation with his native Arcade Fire and famous big brother, Win.

But, the second his debut solo album, Policy, starts to roll, it's hard to deny that this is a member of the Arcade Fire brood. In the best way possible. You can hear he's a Butler, you can hear similarly quirky arrangements, but that doesn't mean you won't hear Will's own flavour mixed in, too. Pulling in both the rushed punkiness and the slowed melancholy of good ol' rock 'n roll, Butler's own brand is understatedly good.

Personally, I like the lonely piano balladry shade on him best; his simple, almost defeated vocals paired with echoey keys remind me a little of his breathtaking soundtrack contributions to Spike Jonze's Her soundtrack. 

Hopefully we hear more from Butler - solo, in Arcade Fire, on soundtracks and elsewhere, for awhile to come.

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