Will Butler + Sister Squares person shared “Arrow of Time,” a caller opus from their upcoming self-titled album. Listen to the azygous below.
“Arrow of Time” begins arsenic thing of a creation track, arsenic a slinky bass enactment propels Butler’s “waiting for the kill.” In the chorus, however, the opus picks up, arsenic the vocalist frantically chants, “I’ve been patient, I’ve been precise still/ Watching arsenic I’m trying not to feel.” Butler + Sister Squares worked the opus retired connected circuit past summer, and according to the artist, it became a instrumentality favorite. “People truly liked this erstwhile we played it; a fewer radical astatine the merch array were like, ‘Which grounds is this opus on?’”
If the single’s euphony video — recorded, according to substance successful the clip, earlier “the shitshow that was 2025” — confuses you, Butler explained the meaning of “Arrow of Time” successful a statement. The opus was inspired by Stephen Hawking, who “describes the concept, successful paraphrase, arsenic ‘you mightiness spot a teacup autumn disconnected a array and smash into bits, but you ne'er spot the bits travel backmost together. Or if you did, you would instantly beryllium alert that clip is moving backwards.’”
“Lyrically, I consciousness similar I was possibly trying to constitute a Pixies opus astir that idea,” the creator said. “‘Here comes your man,’ but alternatively of thing coming, it’s conscionable everything dilatory dissolving into vigor energy.”
Will Butler + Sister Squares is retired September 22nd via Merge. This fall, the radical volition embark connected a world tour — drawback tickets to a amusement here.