Last week Sufjan Stevens returned with a twelve minute single off of his newly announced album The Ascension. Not to be outdone, the b-side to that single “My Rajneesh” has arrived and it’s not as long as the a-side. Though it won’t appear on the new album, its ten minute long run time still gives fans plenty of music to digest.
The song written about the Rajanessh cult is varied in its tone. Incorporating multiple sounds, the track opens with the plucking of an acoustic before Stevens’ vocals whisper in. The pacing of the song is a slow build yet filled with melodic graces and tender elements. With strings and Stevens’ voice hitting a falsetto, the song begins to open via vocal chorus and so many sounds that it becomes more magical by the moment. It’s definitely Sufjan Stevens showing what we’ve missed for so long.
The song is available to stream on all streaming platforms. The song will be made available on a 12 inch vinyl available July 31 and can be preordered through Asthmatic Kitty Records. The Ascension is also available on multiple formats from Asthmatic Kitty before its September 25 release.
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