Will Butler (The Arcade Fire) will release his new album Generations on September 25, via Merge Records. “The songs are conversations that cycle back on themselves. All answers are refuted; all truths are contingent. “Close My Eyes” is a song that searches for comfort and almost finds it. It arrives today with a video (beautifully shot by Butler in a rowboat built by his grandfather) that highlights the song’s longing for escape.
Butler explains further:
I tried to make the lyrics a straightforward and honest description of an emotion I feel often—a drive for change coupled with despair: “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.”