Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have announced they will release a collaborative album, A Beginner’s Mind, later this fall. As a teaser for fans, the duo released “Olympus” and “Reach Out” to listen to now, along with a video for “Reach Out” that was shot earlier this year by the duo and stars their dogs Joku and Charlie (watch it above).
The album began when the two musicians spent time in a friend’s cabin in upstate New York for a month-long songwriting sabbatical. Each day after working together, they would watch a movie, and quickly began to write songs that reflected the films they were watching. What resulted was 14 songs (“loosely”) based on popular films — highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between.
“The results are less a ‘cinematic exegesis’ and more a ‘rambling philosophical inquiry’ that allows the songs to free-associate at will,” the duo explained. “Plot-points, scene summaries, and leading characters are often displaced by esoteric interpolations that ask the bigger question: what does it mean to be a human in a broken world?”
Stevens has released numerous fantastic albums and collaborated with a variety of artists before on music and films, from The National’s Bryan Dessner to director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). This is his first time collaborating with Augustine, who has released three albums of his own.
A Beginner’s Mind will be available on September 24.