The follow-up to last month’s “Surrender”, today’s single finds Butler feeling stagnant and yearning for change — a sentiment those of us still in quarantine can certainly understand. “I tried to make the lyrics a straightforward and honest description of an emotion I feel often — a drive for change coupled with despair,” he said in a statement.
“‘I’m tired of waiting for a better day. But I’m scared and I’m lazy and nothing’s gonna change,'” continued Butler. “Kind of a sad song,” continued the indie rocker. “Trying to tap into some Smokey Robinson/Motown feeling—“I’ve got to dance to keep from crying.”
Butler self-directed the new song’s corresponding music video. In it, he’s seen sitting in a rowboat built by his grandfather as it floats across a lake. There are also moments when he’s partially submerged underwater — a fitting metaphor for feeling restrained or lost. Check it out below.
As for Arcade Fire proper, a new record from the indie veterans is already in the works and a fresh single is likely coming sooner than later. Butler’s brother Win and Régine Chassagne also recently performed a few Arcade Fire songs as part of a Salesforce livestream.