American indie-folk icon Sufjan Stevens has gifted the world a new EP to obsess over in honour of Pride month this June.
Proceeds from Stevens’ new tracks will go towards supporting LGBTQ+ and homeless youth in America at the Ali Forney Center and the Ruth Ellis Center.
Sufjan Stevens has officially made his 2019 debut with Love Yourself and With My Whole Heart, a full-hearted celebration of love and pride.
In a press release, Stevens noted that the songs became a personal challenge to “write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety or self-deprecation”.
The four track release is deeply evocative of Stevens’ 2010 album Age of Adz, with rolling melodies and radiant call-and-response choruses. The EP also features a rare 1996 demo, as well as a starry-eyed reprise of Love Yourself.
The EP marks Stevens’ first release since 2018 singles Tonya Harding and Lonely Man of Winter. Before that, Sufjan broke new ground with his Oscar-nominated contributions to the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack in 2017.
In an Instagram post, Stevens wrote: “I got two songs about LOVE for Pride Month. One old, one new. I also designed a T-Shirt. A portion of the proceeds support the Ali Forney Center in Harlem and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit. Peace and love to the world. I LOVE YOU.”
On June 28, a limited edition 7-inch vinyl will become available for purchase. Stevens has also released new merchandise available for purchase on his website.