Will Butler releases first post-Arcade Fire solo music, announces tour dates

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Former Arcade Fire member Will Butler has released two new solo songs.

The tracks, which mark Butler’s first solo material since he left the “Wake Up” outfit, are titled “A Stranger’s House” and “Nearer to Thee,” and are available now via digital outlets. “A Stranger’s House” is also accompanied by a video, which you can watch now streaming on YouTube.

Along with the new tunes, Butler has announced a run of U.S. tour dates kicking off in August. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. ET.

Butler, the younger brother of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, announced his departure from the band last March.

“There was no acute reason beyond that I’ve changed — and the band has changed — over the last almost 20 years,” Will wrote at the time. “Time for new things.”

He added, “The band are still my friends and family.”

Will’s previously released three solo albums, the most recent of which being 2020’s Generations.

Arcade Fire, meanwhile, released their new album WE earlier this month. They’ll launch a U.S. tour in support of the record in October.

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