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Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind [Indie Exclusive Vinyl LP]

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind [Indie Exclusive Vinyl LP]

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Collaborative Debut On Vinyl LP!
Featuring Songs (Loosely) Based On (Mostly) Popular Films!
Folksy, Sweet, Sincere & Harmonically Effervescent!

It's been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture (impossible and absurd). But what about singing about movies?

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner's Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. A cornerstone of zombie horror (Night of the Living Dead), a touchstone psychological thriller (Silence of the Lambs), a high-octane action flick (Point Break), and a Bette Davis classic (All About Eve) are inspiration for songs that seek to investigate the meaning of life, the meaning of death, and everything in between. The movies are only catalysts; the songs take liberty with their source material, allowing for bold tangents, often running wild with existential inquiry. John Carpenter's The Thing inspires a song that explores the disease of social paranoia, while Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire is the building blocks of a song about human suffering and isolation.

The music is folksy, sweet, sincere and harmonically effervescent - Simon & Garfunkel with New Age flourishes. There's an S&M dirge inspired by Hellraiser III, a peppy campfire song based on the direct-to-video cheerleader rom-com Bring It On Again, and a fem-power lo-fi folk anthem based on Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It. This album runs the gamut and has fun with it, even while its songwriters remain fully rooted in the melancholy folk idioms they are known for.

Daniel Anum Jasper, a pioneer of Ghanian movie poster painting, was commissioned to paint a series of new works for A Beginner's Mind. His paintings are a graphic simulacrum for the same sense of wonder, wordplay, and intrigue that shape A Beginner's Mind. By transforming old films into vital new songs, Stevens and de Augustine ask us to consider ourselves from a previously unconsidered vantage point - a new way of seeing and hearing - an exercise that's as necessary and relevant now as it's ever been.


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