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Will Butler premieres new song “Clean Monday” — listen

Every day this week, Butler will release a new song based on Guardian news stories

Songs based on The Guardian headlines
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Win Butler is not the only Arcade Fire member juggling multiple projects at the moment. Sure, the frontman may have played barista and NBA All-Star this month, but his brother and bandmate Will Butler is spearheading the most ambitious project we’ve seen this year: Ahead of the release of his debut solo album, Policy, he will write, record, and release a new song every day this week based on news headlines on the UK publication The Guardian.

He kicks off the series today with a track entitled “Clean Monday”, which is inspired by a recent story on Greece’s debt crisis. The younger Butler brother explained his reasoning behind choosing the article, saying: “I’m rooting for Greece. I mean, broadly, who the hell isn’t rooting for Greece? Even if you’re super right wing, or super German, or super capitalist you probably don’t want Greece tumbling out of the Euro and defaulting on its debts.” Listen in below.

Read Butler’s full message on “Clean Monday”:

I’m rooting for Greece. I mean, broadly, who the hell isn’t rooting for Greece? Even if you’re super right wing, or super German, or super capitalist you probably don’t want Greece tumbling out of the Euro and defaulting on its debts.

But beyond that, I like that they’re a young government. I like Yanis Varoufakis, the new finance minister. To a certain extent, I’ve bought into the media portrayal of him (from the Guardian and NPR and all over) as a straight shooting rapscallion who might – just might – be crazy enough to, um, responsibly manage the Greek financial situation?

I was reading the Guardian’s live coverage of the forthcoming Greek proposals of how they’re going to pay off their debts, when a little blurb popped up explaining that the Greek markets were closed today because it was “Clean Monday” – the Greek Orthodox equivalent of Ash Wednesday. It was an amazing/hilarious (well, maybe mildly amusing) coincidence to me that the Greek ministers were scrambling and figuring out how to avoid strict austerity on the day that Lent starts.

And all this scrambling is just to figure out the next few months. It’s gonna be a long winter, and a long spring, and maybe a really long summer for Greece. But my fingers are crossed.

Butler’s song-a-day project continues tomorrow. Meanwhile, Policy is due out on March 10th via Merge.

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