Now that we know the new Will Butler solo album Generations will be coming in September, the Arcade Fire songwriter is definitely ramping things up. For his second single off of the album, Butler changes gears a bit and adds hints of electronica to make “Close My Eyes” sparkle and pop just enough to grab your ears.
The electronic opening sheds itself for a more harmonic tone. Mixing keys, bass and piano together to craft a sound that feels like a much larger band is involved places Butler closer to Nick Cave than many of his contemporaries. While his vocals come across as earnest and heartfelt, Butler still guides the track like an artist singing out into the void before backing vocals help lift him up. The video is primarily shot on water with glimpses of Butler and his band spliced in. It’s as if he’s paddling into the unknown while embracing whatever that will be.
Feel free to watch the video above or on YouTube. Stream the song wherever you stream music. Generations is ready for preorder directly from Merge Records ahead of its September 25 release.
Image Credits: Photo by Will Butler.