Will Butler’s song-a-day project for The Guardian marches on. So far, he’s taken inspiration from newspaper articles about the Greek debt criss, the Soviet Union, and water scarcity in Brazil. Today’s track is called “Madonna Can’t Save Me Now,” and it’s about the scientific discovery of a black hole that’s 12 billion times bigger than the sun. Woah! In his introduction to the song, Butler said that he was set on writing about the Brit Awards, but that this seemed so much cooler. The title and chorus seems like leftover vestige from his original idea. Read the rest of his explanation, and listen to the song below.
I had every intention of writing about the Brit awards. It was a news event I was sure the Guardian would cover. I was pretty confident in Sam Smith and Taylor Swift. I could cheat a bit, prepare a couple zingers in advance.
?But they just found a black hole 12bn times the mass of the sun and almost as old as the universe itself, so, whatever.
I’m not terrified were going to get sucked into a black hole. I’m terrified that all of human art is only 50,000 years old and that nothing anything any of us do will ever matter. jk lol Bwahahahhahahahhaha.
Madonna can’t save us now.
(via The Guardian)
And if you’re curious, this is where he’s cooking up all these surprisingly solid tracks:
— Will Butler (@butlerwills) February 26, 2015
The project wraps up tomorrow. Butler’s solo album Policy is out 3/10 on Merge.