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Will Butler (of Arcade Fire) Teams Up with The Knocks for New Song and Video - “Sun Comes Up”

Original Version Appeared on Live Album Friday Night

Oct 19, 2018
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Will Butler from Arcade Fire released his debut solo album, Policy, in 2015, and put out a live album, Friday Night, in 2016, both via Merge. Now he has teamed up with the electronic duo The Knocks for a new version of "Sun Comes Up," which was originally featured on the Friday Night live album. The song is now much more dance floor ready and was shared via a video directed by Butler that features him on the subway and on the beach. Watch it below.

Butler had this to say about the song and video in a press release: "'Sun Comes Up' is about memory, regret, and hoping that tomorrow will be better while knowing that it won't be. Late night alone on the subway home-when you're far enough out that all the partiers have left-is an ideal time to contemplate your regrets. This video hopes to capture that contemplation and the surreal blur of hoping too hard. For this video I worked with Julia Simpson, Arcade Fire's longtime creative director. Along with comedian/actress Patti Harrison and dancer Salka Ardal Rosengren, we rode the G train overnight, filming with a pair of iPhones, and then went out to Jacob Riis Beach at dawn."

B-Roc from The Knocks had this to say: "I randomly stumbled across the original song somehow at 4am on the Internet and was instantly drawn to it, and heard a version of it in my head. We had our manager reach out to Will's camp, and he was familiar with our music and was down to have us mess with it. At the time, we didn't even realize it was Will from Arcade Fire until he emailed us directly, and we freaked out. This was a really cool experience working with him as we are both huge fans and he is a legend. We wanted to tap into the early 2000s indie dance type of stuff on this version, and we are really happy with the result."

Also read our 2015 interview with Butler about Policy. And read our review of Friday Night.

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shell shockers
October 22nd 2018

Information about new songs and videos is very detailed and specific.