Clocking in at a lengthy seven-and-a-half minutes, the electronic cut follows predecessors “America” and “Video Game,” and arrives with an accompanying music video that follows an intimidating story of a Black family in their own home. “‘Sugar’ is ultimately about the desire for goodness and purity (and true sustenance),” Stevens said in a statement. “On the surface the song is just a string of clichés, but the message is imperative: now is the time to gather what is good and pure and valuable and make it your own, and share it with others. Feed your soul and speak new life into those around you. Give each other love, respect and sacrifice. Relinquish all the old habits, all the old ways of thinking and doing, all former practices — “business as usual” — and bring new life to the world. This is our calling.”
Watch Sufjan Stevens’ “Sugar” visual above.
Elsewhere in music, slowthai and James Blake join this week’s HYPEBEAST SOUNDS playlist.