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Will Butler releases new song “Willows” with Sister Squares band

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Former Arcade Fire member Will Butler has released a new song in collaboration with his frequent live band, Sister Squares.

The track is called “Willows” and is available now via digital outlets.

“‘Willows’ is about leaving the past in the past,” Butler says. “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.”

Butler announced last March that he’d left Arcade Fire, which he’d played in since 2003 alongside his older brother, frontman Win Butler. Last May, Will released two new solo songs, “A Stranger’s House” and “Nearer to Thee.”

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