will butler has been a member of the band arcade fire for over 10 years – this is his first release under his own name.
‘policy’ is american music—in the tradition of the violent femmes, the breeders, the modern lovers, bob dylan, smokey robinson, the magnetic fields, ghostface killah. and john lennon (i know, but it counts). music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world. ‘policy’ was recorded in one week in jimi hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at electric lady studios). jeremy gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. most everything else was played by will. the song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. the music is experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity. the songs are angry, loving, joking, tired, honest, idiotic. they clash against each other but also fit and work together.