Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine Share Two New Songs
"You Give Death a Bad Name" and "Cimmerian Shade" are inspired by iconic horror films
Published Sep 08, 2021Well the gentle folk starts coming and it don't stop coming — Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have shared yet another pair of tracks from their upcoming film-themed album A Beginner's Mind. Today, they're serving up "You Give Death a Bad Name" and "Cimmerian Shade."
The vaguely psychedelic "You Give Death a Bad Name" is inspired by Night of the Living Dead, while the gently plucked "Cimmerian Shade" is sung from the perspective of Silence of the Lambs antagonist Buffalo Bill (otherwise known as Jame Gumb).
About "Cimmerian Shade," De Augustine said:
Many authors have emotional attachments to the characters they create. But in this instance, I was interested in how a character felt about being created. In my imagination, I was giving consciousness to someone else's creation. The song is essentially a dialogue between creation and creator that seeks to find understanding to some of the same questions that we ask ourselves about existence, free will, fate, purpose, guidance and if anyone or anything out there is listening or cares.
A Beginner's Mind arrives September 24 on Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Listen to "Cimmerian Shade" and "You Give Death a Bad Name" below.