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14.09.2021 | 17:15

teilen zwei neue Songs „Cimmerian Shade“ und „You Give Death A Bad Name“
„A Beginner's Mind“ erscheint am 24. September bei Asthmatic Kitty

"Both songs are gorgeous, ornate, fragile folk-pop songs, and they find Stevens and De Angelo singing together in close harmony. These two songs feel like a throwback to the gorgeous soft-sigh music that made Stevens a beloved indie figure in the first place." - Stereogum

Bevor am 24. September „A Beginner's Mind“ von SUFJAN STEVENS und ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE erscheint, stellen die beiden Musiker heute erneut zwei neue Songs aus ihrem kommenden Album vor. Dabei frönen sie diesmal ihrer Vorliebe für blutige Genrefilme. Für „Cimmerian Shade“ und „You Give Death A Bad Name“ ließen sie sich nämlich von den Horrorfilm-Klassikern Das Schweigen der Lämmer (1991) und Die Nacht der lebenden Toten (1968) inspirieren.

„Cimmerian Shade“ ist sogar aus der Perspektive von Buffalo Bill (der Antagonist in Das Schweigen der Lämmer) gesungen! Dazu ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE in einem Statement: “Many authors have emotional attachments to the characters they create. But in this instance, I was interested in how a character felt about being created. In my imagination I was giving consciousness to someone else’s creation. The song is essentially a dialogue between creation and creator that seeks to find understanding to some of the same questions that we ask ourselves about existence, free will, fate, purpose, guidance and if anyone or anything out there is listening or cares.” Hört euch die beiden Track hier an:

„Cimmerian Shade“ (Official Audio)

„You Give Death A Bad Name“ (Official Audio)

„A Beginner's Mind“ ist das erste Gemeinschaftsalbum der New Yorker Indie-Ikone SUFJAN STEVENS und dem kalifornischen Singer/Songwriter ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE auf Asthmatic Kitty Records. Die miteinander befreundeten Musiker haben in der Vergangenheit schon mehrfach zusammen musiziert. Die Lust an der Kollaboration zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch „A Beginner's Mind“. Nachdem SUFJAN STEVENS das Cover für sein letztes gefeiertes Soloalbum „The Ascension“ (2020) noch selbst gestaltet hat, stammt das crazy Artwork für „A Beginner's Mind“ diesmal von dem ghanaischen Künstler und Filmplakatemaler Daniel Anum Jasper, der auch die hübschen Cover für die 7-inch-Singles gemalt hat.
SUFJAN STEVENS & ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE <br />teilen zwei neue Songs „Cimmerian Shade“ und „You Give Death A Bad Name“ <br />„A Beginner's Mind“ erscheint am 24. September bei Asthmatic Kitty

„A Beginner's Mind“ began when the two musicians and Asthmatic Kitty labelmates decamped to a friend's cabin in upstate New York for a monthlong songwriting sabbatical. Watching a movie to unwind after each day's work, they soon found their songs reflecting the films and began investigating this connection in earnest.

The resulting album is 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films—highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between. They wrote in tandem—one person writing a verse, the other a chorus, churning out chord progressions and lyrics willy-nilly, often finishing each other's sentences in the process. Rigorous editing and rewriting ensued. The results are less a "cinematic exegesis" and more a "rambling philosophical inquiry" that allows the songs to free-associate at will. Plot-points, scene summaries, and leading characters are often displaced by esoteric interpolations that ask the bigger question: what does it mean to be human in a broken world?

SUFJAN STEVENS and ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE wrote everything with a deliberate sense of shoshin—the Zen Buddhist concept for which the record is named and an idea that empowered the pair to look for and write about unlikely inspiration without preconceived notions of what a film had to say (The I-Ching and Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies also served as incentives along the way). The movies became rhetorical prompts, with the songwriters letting their distinct reactions and creative instincts govern their process. The underlying objective was empathy and openness, absent of judgment: to observe with the eyes of a child.

SUFJAN STEVENS is an artist, songwriter and composer living in New York. He has released nine widely lauded studio albums and a number of collaborations with fellow musicians, choreographers and visual artists from the New York City Ballet and the celebrated director Luca Guadagnino to his stepfather Lowell Brams and noted dancer Jalaiah Harmon.

ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE is an artist and songwriter living in Thousand Oaks, California—a suburb north of Los Angeles, where he grew up. He has released three albums including his self-released debut, Spirals of Silence (2014), and two for Asthmatic Kitty Records, Swim Inside The Moon (2017) and Tomb (2019).

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