After running through a full set of new material at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn earlier this month, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has announced the upcoming release of his debut solo record, Policy. Set to hit shelves in March of 2015 (via Merge), Butler’s album will most likely include some of the art-rock minded songs he played a few weeks ago, including “Take My Side,” “Finish,” and “Surrender.” According to Merge:
Policy is American music—in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.
Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will.
You can hear snippets of several Policy tracks in the trailer that Butler just released, which is just as weird and scattered as you’d expect a member from a member Arcade Fire. Stream it above, and look for Policy next March.
Update: Stream Will Butler’s debut solo single, “Take My Side,” below.