Sufjan Stevens has returned with the brand new single from his first album in 5 years. Check out ‘America’ from ‘The Ascension’ beneath’.
Earlier this week, the acclaimed singer-songwriter introduced the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Carrie & Lowell’ by sharing the art work and tracklist for ‘The Ascension‘ – which is due for release on September.
Now, Stevens has launched the sprawling and emotive 12 and half minute single ‘America’ – which can appear prescient to present occasions within the US, however was in actual fact written six years in the past.
“I was dumbfounded by the song when I first wrote it,” stated Stevens. “Because it felt vaguely mean-spirited and miles away from everything else on ‘Carrie & Lowell’. So I shelved it.”
He continued: “But when I dug up the demo a few years later I was shocked by its prescience. I could no longer dismiss it as angry and glib. The song was clearly articulating something prophetic and true, even if I hadn’t been able to identify it at the time. That’s when I saw a clear path toward what I had to do next.”
Rewriting the track over the following two years, Stevens discovered that ‘America’ grew to become the “thematic template” for the remainder of the album “My objective for this album was simple: Interrogate the world around you,” he stated. “Question something that doesn’t maintain water. Exterminate all bullshit.
“Be part of the solution or get out of the way. Keep it real. Keep it true. Keep it simple. Keep it moving.”
‘The Ascension’ shall be launched on September 25 and will be pre-ordered right here. The album follows on from the March release of ‘Aporia’, Stevens’ collaborative release together with his stepfather Lowell Brams.