Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have today shared two new songs from their upcoming collaborative album A Beginner’s Mind. ‘Cimmerian Shade’ was inspired by Silence of the Lambs, while ‘You Give Death A Bad Name’ was inspired by Night of the Living Dead. Take a listen below.
‘Cimmerian Shade’ is sung from the perspective of Buffalo Bill (a.k.a. Jame Gumb), the antagonist in Silence of the Lambs. “Many authors have emotional attachments to the characters they create,” De Augustine said in a press release. “But in this instance, I was interested in how a character felt about being created. In my imagination I was giving consciousness to someone else’s creation. The song is essentially a dialogue between creation and creator that seeks to find understanding to some of the same questions that we ask ourselves about existence, free will, fate, purpose, guidance, and if anyone or anything out there is listening or cares.”