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Sufjan Stevens Releases New Music For Pride Month: Listen
GRAMMY nominee Sufjan Stevens released two new songs today via Asthmatic Kitty, "Love Yourself" and "With My Whole Heart," in honor of Pride Month (which begins June 1). A portion of the proceeds from the project, which features a special vinyl and T-shirt designed by Stevens, will go to two organizations supporting LGBTQ youth.
A portion of proceeds from Sufjan’s Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart goes to the @AliForneyCenter in Harlem and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit @REC_Detroit.
These 7” look pretty lovely, right?
— Asthmatic Kitty (@asthmatickitty) May 29, 2019
Asthmatic Kitty, the indie label co-founded by Stevens in his home state of Michigan back in 1999, explains the backstory behind the two new songs, the first of which began over 20 years ago:
"'Love Yourself' is based on a sketch Sufjan wrote 20 years ago. The original 4-track demo he recorded in 1996 is included [on the EP] as well as a short instrumental reprise. 'With My Whole Heart' is a completely new song that Sufjan wrote as a personal challenge to 'write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety, or self-deprecation.'"
The EP is available digitally now (listen to the two full songs below), with the limited-edition vinyl available for pre-order now, with a June 28 release date. The record is limited to 5,000 copies in the U.S and 1,500 in Europe and features a pretty rainbow-font cover designed by Stevens himself. An 800-run T-shirt, also designed by Stevens, features his name in the same rainbow font, and is the first product offered on his new merch platform, Sufjamz.
More information on the project, including where you can buy and stream, is available here.
The two non-profits Stevens will be donating a portion of proceeds to are the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, N.Y. and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, Mich. Both organizations, located in his current hometown of N.Y.C. and birthplace of Detroit, directly support young LGBTQ youth and young adults with both short- and long-term support, including for those who are homeless.