It has been quite a while since Sufjan Stevens released a full length, proper studio album. But in the meantime since the release of Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan has taken it upon himself to randomly drop all sorts of new singles and demos. Whether it was the 2017 odds and ends collection The Greatest Gift or last year’s 3 track mini EP Lonely Man Of Winter, there hasn’t been a true shortage of new Sufjams. And today he continues the current trend of surprise singles with a pair of new tracks that celebrate Pride Month.
The two new songs “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart” dip right back into the electronica-tinged sound Sufjan toyed with a number of years ago. Lately he’s been more interested in sparser acoustic sounds, so it’s nice to hear him go a little wider with his sound again. “Love Yourself” is based on a demo he originally recorded in 1996, which predates most people being aware of who he was. “With My Whole Heart” is almost like a companion to the other song, albeit with a conscious effort from Sufjan to “write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety, or self-deprecation.”
Both tracks have been bundled together along with the original ‘96 demo and a reprise of “Love Yourself” to form a short EP. The entire thing is now streaming everywhere, but we’ve gone ahead and posted the whole thing via Spotify down below. Additionally, a physical 7” of the EP will be released next month. You can pre-order that along with a Pride Month-themed t-shirt designed by Sufjan right here. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to two organizations that offer help for LGBTQ+ homeless kids in America: the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, NY, and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, MI.