“Sugar” is taken from Sufjan Stevens‘s upcoming album, The Ascension, out September 25 via Asthmatic Kitty.
After “America” and “Video Game”, Sufjan Stevens has now unveiled another track taken from his new album, The Ascension, which will be his first solo studio album in five years.
“‘Sugar’ is ultimately about the desire for goodness and purity (and true sustenance),” he stated. “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. 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.”
The amazing accompanying video was directed by Ezra Hurwitz and choreographed by Kyle Abraham.
“The way I approach choreography tends to blend elements of the everyday with moments of abstraction,” added Abraham. “I was compelled by the tempo and the tone of the song…especially when choreographing the duet material and solo material for Samantha Figgans and Raymond Pinto. This song and its undertones created a lot of really fun scenarios to play with choreographically.”