Will Butler + Sister Squares Share “Stop Talking”
Will Butler + Sister Squares have shared new single/video, “Stop Talking,” the track is off their forthcoming self-titled album out September 22nd via Merge Records. Will Butler + Sister Squares will tour North America in support of the new album this fall. Simultaneously, playwright David Adjmi’s Stereophonic (featuring original music written by Butler) premieres off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in October. In addition, Butler will score the upcoming Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson crime thriller, Lips Like Sugar.
Of the track, Will adds: “This is one of the ‘dream songs’ on the record. Emotion in dreams; dreams in reality; tired and confused. ‘Stop talking; there’s nothing to say’; not sure if it functions as a dismissal ‘Stop!’, or as a sign of love ‘You don’t have to say it; I already know’; I think, like a lot of communication between people who love each other—a little of both? Like, this song is full of fear; someone expressing fear to their partner, and the partner being like, ‘There’s nothing to fear, and also, shut up, quit being crazy.’ That’s not exactly it, but there’s something of that here.”
“After Generations [Merge, 2020], I considered making a weird solo record. Me alone in the basement, etc., etc. Mostly I realized that what I wanted was the opposite,” says Will. He increasingly turned to Sister Squares for feedback on lyrics and song structures and asked Miles if they’d produce the record. “Will and I organically discovered our relationship as a production duo through making this album. We didn’t have to talk too much about things as they happened, because the music just flowed,” says Miles. “As a producer, working with Jenny, Julie, and Sara is the dream. They connect so innately. In one motion they can conjure a mood, or get at the root of a feeling.”
The band played a run of shows in August 2022, airing out studio ideas in live rooms. After coming home, the band regrouped at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn. The album, broadly, is equal parts from Figure 8, group experiments from Will’s basement, and sessions in Miles’ Synthia Studio. At its core, Will Butler + Sister Squares is a record with a warm, humane soul. Created amongst friends and family, its 14 tracks present a cocoon of grooves that are tailor-fit for dancing around the living room with the ones you love, or a packed venue with those looking to lose themselves to the rhythm.
Will Butler + Sister Squares 2023 Tour Dates:
Sat. Sept. 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Zone One
Tue. Oct. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
Wed. Oct. 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri. Oct. 6 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. Oct. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sun. Oct. 8 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Tue. Oct. 17 – Boston, MA @ Deep Cuts
Wed. Oct. 18 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
Thu. Oct. 19 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri. Oct. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
Sat. Oct. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
Sun. Oct. 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Tue. Nov. 7 – Riga, LV @ Palladium
Fri. Nov. 10 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Sun. Nov. 12 – Aarhus, DK @ VoxHall
Tue. Nov. 14 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
Wed. Nov. 15 – Paris, FR @ Café de la Danse
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Fri. Nov. 17 – London, UK @ ICA
Sat. Nov. 18 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Thu. Nov. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Fri. Dec. 1 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Sat. Dec. 2 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Pre-order Will Butler + Sister Squares HERE
Looking for something new to listen to?
Sign up to our all-new newsletter for top-notch reviews, news, videos and playlists.