Sufjan Stevens has announced his new album ‘Javelin’ and shared lead single ‘So You Are Tired’ – listen below.
‘Javelin’ is out on 6th October via Asthmatic Kitty Records, and is available to pre-save/pre-order here. The LP marks the artist’s first solo album since 2020’s The Ascension, and his first return to “full singer-songwriter mode” from Carrie & Lowell, according to a press release.
It also follows his April release of “Reflections”, a studio recording of his ballet score with choreographer Justin Peck.
The lead single, “So You Are Tired,” is a smooth piano-on-piano track that gradually fades to introduce powerful guitars, percussion, and a vocal chorus: “So, you’re tired of us / As so put your head back.” We’re tired of you/ So rest your head), sings Stevens.
Listen to it below.
The upcoming 10-song album combines “everything from Stevens’ 25-year career into a four-minute burst of choral, orchestral and electric wonders,” according to the statement.
The musician worked with a close circle of collaborators on the new LP, including Adrienne Maree Brown, Hannah Cohen, Pauline Delassus, Megan Lui, Nedelle Torrisi and Bryce Dessner. Stevens’ version of ‘There’s A World’ by Neil Young also closes the album.
The release will also be accompanied by a 48-page essay and art book created by Stevens.
The 10 short essays, which vary widely in tone and style, “give a glimpse into the loves and losses that shaped him, and in turn, these songs.”
Below you will find the tracklist and album art.
Here is the ‘Javelin’ tracklist:
1. ‘Goodbye Evergreen’
2. ‘Start Running
3. “Will anyone ever love me?
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4. ‘Everything that rises
5. ‘Witness Ghosts
6. ‘My red wolf
7. ‘So You’re Tired’
8. ‘Gaeil (To Have And To Hold)’
9. “Sit talk
10. ‘There’s a World’
In June, Stevens announced that he would be releasing new music as part of the 20th anniversary reissue of his 2003 LP “Michigan.” Earlier this year, it was also announced that the follow-up, 2005’s “Illinois,” would be turned into an orchestra.
His recent series of announcements and new releases comes after he expressed a desire in 2021 to “take a breather and retire” from music for a while.
In a four-star review of his May 2021 release, ‘Convocations’, NME wrote: “‘Convocations’ is a mature work, but its length and intricate craft make it difficult to get under its skin, the stunning honesty of a person hide an album behind the layers you want you could peel away.