With his new album coming later this month, Sufjan Stevens has shared one more preview.
His new song "Sugar" arrived Tuesday along with a stirring set of visuals, featuring some intense choreography by Kyle Abraham, directed by Ezra Huritz. The clip was filmed in Brooklyn and it stars dancers Raymond Pinto, Samantha Figgans, Celeste Mason and Walter Russell III portraying a family whose world begins to dissolve around them.
“‘Sugar’ is ultimately about the desire for goodness and purity (and true sustenance),” says Stevens. “On the surface, the song is just a string of clichés, but the message is imperative: now is the time to gather what is good and pure and valuable and make it your own, and share it with others. Feed your soul and speak new life into those around you."
He continues: "Give each other love, respect and sacrifice. Relinquish all the old habits, all the old ways of thinking and doing, all former practices—‘business as usual’—and bring new life to the world. This is our calling.”
As we previously mentioned, Stevens' new album The Ascension, which is out on Sept. 25, is described as an indictment of a world crumbling around us—and a roadmap out of here. According to Stevens, the foundations of the record are “a call for personal transformation and a refusal to play along with the systems around us."
See the video for "Sugar" below.