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You know Sufjan Stevens loves a theme. Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine. “The resulting album is 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films—highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between,” reads a release. The multi-instrumentalist music machine, who just released a five-volume album called Convocations in May, is releasing a collaborative record, A Beginner’s Mind, with Angelo De Augustine on September 24. “They wrote in tandem—one person writing a verse, the other a chorus, churning out chord progressions and lyrics willy-nilly, often finishing each other’s sentences in the process.” Focusing on the bigger-picture ideas from the films, the songs are a “rambling philosophical inquiry.” Two tracks from the album, “Olympus” and “Reach Out,” debut today, along with a video for the latter. Tags: Watch the video for “Reach Out,” shot by Stevens and De Augustine from their respective coasts, starring their dogs, Joku and Charlie, below. Related

What’s Left of America for Sufjan Stevens to Dream About? Per a release, the album began when the artists realized the music they were writing reflected the films they watched together.