Will Butler + Sister Squares (comprising Miles Francis, Julie Shore, Jenny Shore and Sara Dobbs) have shared their new single ‘Arrow of Time’, from their forthcoming self-titled album out 22 September on Merge Records. Inspired by A Brief History of Time, Errol Morris’ acclaimed documentary about Stephen Hawking, ‘Arrow of Time’ offers an otherworldly groove so irresistible it nearly creates its own gravitational pull. Butler explains further on the inspiration behind the track:
“Hawking describes the concept, in paraphrase, as ‘you might see a teacup fall off a table and smash into bits, but you never see the bits come back together. Or if you did, you would instantly be aware that time is running backwards. Lyrically, I feel like I was maybe trying to write a Pixies song about that idea — ‘Here comes your man,’ but instead of something coming, it’s just everything slowly dissolving into heat energy.”
In September Will Butler + Sister Squares will tour beginning at Elsewhere Zone One in the band’s hometown of Brooklyn, NY before heading to UK and Europe in November . A full list of UK/EU dates is below and tickets are on sale now.
After coming home from the August 2022 tour where ‘Arrow of Time‘ was a fan favourite, the band regrouped at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn. Francis continues:
“Will and I organically discovered our relationship as a production duo through making this album. We didn’t have to talk too much about things as they happened, because the music just flowed. As a producer, working with Jenny, Julie, and Sara is the dream. They connect so innately. In one motion they can conjure a mood, or get at the root of a feeling.”
Will Butler + Sister Squares, broadly, is equal parts from Figure 8, group experiments from Will’s basement, and sessions in Miles’ Synthia Studio. The self-titled debut album was created amongst friends and family and its 14 tracks present a cocoon of grooves that are tailor-fit for dancing around the living room with the ones you love, or a packed venue with those looking to lose themselves to the rhythm.
Will Butler and Sister Squares UK and EU tour dates:
Nov 7th | Riga, LV – Palladium
Nov 10th | Berlin, DE – Privatclub
Nov 12th | Aarhus, DK – VoxHall
Nov 14th | Rotterdam, NL – Rotown
Nov 15th | Paris, FR – Café de la Danse
Nov 16th | Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 17th | London, UK – ICA
Nov 18th | Dublin, IE – Whelan’s