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Sufjan Stevens had a busy November, releasing a Thanksgiving mixtape that includes unreleased materials from the Carrie & Lowell periods, and unveiling two new songs (and a remix) which can be used prominently in the extra critically lauded movies of this 12 months, Luca Guadagnino’s controversial Italian romance drama Name Me By Your Identify.
Right now, Stevens launched a brand new track that additionally appears associated to the cinema of the second: that’s, the brand new, a one-off known as “Tonya Harding,” for which he wrote an in-depth accompanying essay. The track, on which Stevens was assisted in manufacturing by Helado Negro and earlier collaborator Doveman, is backed by a digital backbeat, handclaps, and spare surges of piano and harp, and it very actually discusses the notorious determine skater’s backstory and legend.
Stevens’ assertion claimed he, in the end, determined to “pull again the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take inventory of the actual story of this unusual and sumptuous America hero.”
The track just isn’t related to the brand new Harding biopic, I, Tonya, which stars Margot Robbie (Far Out and Pitchfork report that Stevens provided it to the director of a forthcoming Harding documentary to no avail.) Right here’s extra about Stevens’ earnest appreciation of Harding, who he says he’s been wanting to put in writing a track about since her ’90s heyday, from his essay:
Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely adopted by the media, and he or she in a short time turned the brunt of jokes, the topic of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a actuality TV star earlier than such a factor even existed. However she was additionally merely un-categorical: American’s sweetheart with a darkish twist. However I consider that is what made her so fascinating, and a real American hero. Within the face of shock and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded repeatedly with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines brilliant within the pantheon of American historical past just because she by no means stopped attempting her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, bodily abuse and public rebuke to turn into an incomparable American legend.
The track is out there on streaming providers and Stevens’ Bandcamp; there’s additionally a YouTube rip set to photographs of Harding skating which you’ll be able to watch beneath.