With his eagerly-awaited new album set to drop near the end of next month, Sufjans Stevens has now unveiled the next cut to be lifted from his forthcoming full-length.
The new single 'Video Game' arrives with a new video, directed by Nicole Ginelli and starring TikTok Renegade dance creator Jalaiah Harmon, and follows on from his previously shared lead track 'America' in previewing his new LP 'The Ascension', which drops on the 25th September via Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Speaking about the new offering, he said, "It’s unfortunate that we live in a society where the value of people is quantified by likes, followers, listeners and views. So many people are seeking attention for the wrong reasons. I think we should all be doing our best work without looking for accolades or seeking reward. The main takeaway of "Video Game" for me is: your worth (invaluable) should never be based on other people’s approval (ephemeral). Just be yourself. Keep it real. Keep it moving. Do all things with absolute purity, love and joy. And always do your best."
While adding about the video, "Jalaiah epitomises all of this and I’m truly inspired by her. So I thought, 'what if we could get Jalaiah to star in a "dance video" about not wanting to star in a "dance video"?' I’m so honored she agreed. She clearly owns it, and her work here is beautiful, poignant and true. Her dance shows incredible energy, work-ethic and spirit. She is dancing for herself, not anyone else. Her choreography is sophisticated, nuanced, and fun. She is a star. She keeps it real. She keeps it moving. She keeps it true. What a blessing!"
Check out the new video for 'Video Game' in the player below.