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Sufjan Stevens has released a delicate new song called "Tonya Harding."
The one-off track comes just days after Stevens released a mixtape featuring unreleased material and mixes from the Carrie & Lowell sessions. He also contributed multiple songs to the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film Call Me By Your Name, which stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
In releasing the track on Wednesday, Stevens also included a note about the former figure skater and boxer who is the 1991 U.S. champion and 1991 World Championship silver medallist.
Read his note below, followed by the audio for the song:
"Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a reality TV star before such a thing even existed. But she was also simply un-categorical: American’s sweetheart with a dark twist. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend."