Sufjan's "America"

2020-07-03 by luci | 16 Comments
Sufjan Stevens reveals the first taste of the follow-up to Carrie and Lowell with the 12-minute "America", serving as the closer for The Ascension, due for release on September 25th.

Stream the single below:


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Chambered79
July 3rd 2020
619 Comments


I like this

Satellite
July 3rd 2020
26447 Comments


this rules

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TronaldDump
July 3rd 2020
902 Comments


'Merica urba durr

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Veldin
July 4th 2020
3954 Comments


Stuffedjams Stevens

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 4th 2020
35289 Comments


I don't have time for a 12 minute song right now but I'm beyond hyped

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DietMilk
July 4th 2020
44 Comments


Oh shit

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 4th 2020
35289 Comments


Not sure how I feel about this yet. I like the climactic chorus around 5:45 and the outro is beautiful, but it still doesn't feel like it warrants being 12 minutes long, which was my main issue with Planetarium. It's good but I'm not sold the way I was when he debuted Carrie & Lowell with "No Shade In The Shadow of the Cross".

luci
July 4th 2020
12519 Comments


I think the ambient ending will feel earned when it's capping an 80 min record, so I'm reserving judgement on the length. I find the lyrics intriguing, though I'm still figuring out which perspective he's singing from in the chorus. I like the 'Sufjan breaks up with God' interpretation, but then the "don't do to me what you do to yourself" line doesn't make sense. It's one of his saddest songs imo. Working with the Dessners rubbed off on him, I get Sleep Well Beast vibes from the drab/dour tone.

luci
July 4th 2020
12519 Comments


I give this song a 4/5. Not immediately stunning like "My Rajneesh" (out next Friday). That's maximalist Sufjan at his best, pure ecstasy.

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 4th 2020
35289 Comments


Yeah I'm excited to hear it in the proper context. I think it's pretty clearly a song about loss of faith - whether it's faith in God or America is uncertain to me (lyrics seems to point to the former, that one line notwithstanding, which alone isn't enough to dissuade me from the 'breakup with God' theory).

DamnVanne
July 5th 2020
3304 Comments


Impossibly gay

RaylanCrowder
July 5th 2020
119 Comments


Definitely a massive improvement on Aporia

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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 5th 2020
19900 Comments


Is this anything like that really long FJM song

hardingjam
July 7th 2020
1 Comments


Releasing a 12 minute album track as the lead single - I like his style. I also like the track. It feels like a return to Age of Adz-era maximalism with a new lyrical angle.

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 7th 2020
35289 Comments


Weird that this has been out 4 days and has 14 comments. What happened to the days when the entire site would collectively orgasm when Sufjan did anything?

markjamie
July 9th 2020
20 Comments


Both America and My Rajneesh sound more like Planetarium to me than anything else. I love both.



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