Published Feb 26, 2015Scientists just found a black hole 10 billion times bigger than the sun, so you know what that means: Arcade Fire's Will Butler wrote a song about it for his daily song series inspired by news headlines from The Guardian.
"Madonna Can't Save Me Now" sports an acoustic country-blues riff, simple thumping percussion and soul-flavoured harmonies. This rustic style is given a outer-space twist in the form of woobly synth bloops, while the lyrics convey an existence-questioning desperation without ever directly tackling the fear that we might be sucked into a black hole.
Butler said in a statement:
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.
Hear it below. Butler's solo album Policy is due out on March 10 through Merge Records.