Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song “America”: Listen
Sufjan Stevens has released a brand new song, “America,” this is the first track from his forthcoming album The Ascension. Listen to it below.
On July 31, “America” is getting a 12″ vinyl single release with the non-album cut “My Rajneesh” on the B-side. The B-side is out digitally on July 10.
“America” was originally written during the sessions that produced 2015’s Carrie & Lowell, but later re-recorded. “I was dumbfounded by the song when I first wrote it,” Stevens said in a statement about the new song. “Because it felt vaguely mean-spirited and miles away from everything else on Carrie & Lowell. So I shelved it. 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.”
Stevens has released a number of projects in the five years since Carrie & Lowell: a live album of that record and a complement of demos in 2017, songs for the film Call Me By Your Name the same year, and, last year, the ballet score The Decalogue with pianist Timo Andres. In March, Stevens and his stepfather Lowell Brams released Aporia.