Sufjan Stevens is presently in a stretch that’s as productive as any level in his profession thus far. Because the begin of 2020, he has launched three albums: Aporia (a collaboration with stepfather Lowell Brams), The Ascension, and this yr’s five-volume ambient venture, Convocations. Now, he has yet one more new venture within the pipeline: A Newbie’s Thoughts, a collaborative album with Asthmatic Kitty labelmate Angelo De Augustine, is ready for launch on September 24.
Each artists excel in light indie folks, and that’s simply what they ship on the 2 new songs they shared as we speak, “Attain Out” and “Olympus.”
Press supplies word that the album began when the pair headed to a pal’s cabin in upstate New York for a “monthlong songwriting sabbatical.” On the ends of their days, Stevens and De Augustine would unwind by watching films, and the duo’s songs quickly started to mirror on the movies. The album was impressed by “shoshin,” a phrase from Zen Buddhism which means “Newbie’s Thoughts” (therefore the album title) and refers to a way of openness and eagerness.
Of the songs, press supplies additionally say, “The outcomes are much less a ‘cinematic exegesis’ and extra a ‘rambling philosophical inquiry’ that enables the songs to free-associate at will. Plot-points, scene summaries, and main characters are sometimes displaced by esoteric interpolations that ask the larger query: What does it imply to be human in a damaged world? […] The films turned rhetorical prompts, with the songwriters letting their distinct reactions and inventive instincts govern their course of. The underlying goal was empathy and openness, absent of judgment: to look at with the eyes of a kid.”
Take heed to “Attain Out” and “Olympus” above, and take a look at the A Newbie’s Thoughts artwork and tracklist beneath.
1. “Attain Out”
2. “Girl Macbeth In Chains”
3. “Again To Oz”
4. “The Pillar Of Souls”
5. “You Give Loss of life A Unhealthy Title”
6. “Newbie’s Thoughts”
8. “Homicide And Crime”
9. “(This Is) The Factor”
10. “It’s Your Personal Physique And Thoughts”
11. “Misplaced In The World”
12. “Fictional California”
13. “Cimmerian Shade”
A Newbie’s Thoughts is out 9/24 through Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-order it right here.