Last month at San Diego Comic-Con, Grammy Award-winning country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson announced his forthcoming studio album, Sound & Fury. Simpson was at the event previewing a Netflix-bound anime film of the same name which will accompany the new album.
Sound & Fury marks Simpson’s first new music since 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which won the Grammy Award for “Best Country Album” along with a nomination for “Album of the Year.” Produced by John Hill, the forthcoming 10-track LP was recorded at a Motor Inn northwest of Detroit with bandmates Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels, and Miles Miller.
Sturgill Simpson shared his thoughts on the new album during an interview with Zane Lowe on the DJ’s Apple Music Beats 1 show, World Record. He explained,
I was kind of in a weird spot when we made that record. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this anymore because a lot of the business sides of things, and like some heartbreak and betrayal, and just learning things that you already know. Remind yourself that, you know-It is a dirty toxic industry. And I wanted to express a lot of that. And I was listening to a lot of hip-hop, and Black Sabbath, and The Cars, and old funk records and things. And I think… We were in Detroit while we were making the record, and I was sort of writing it in real time and listening to a lot of Eminem. And I was just like, man, this guy gets to talk mad shit. How come we can’t do that? So I just sat down and wrote a bunch of mad shit talking songs about how fucking awesome we are. And then we recorded it. And then I said, man, this isn’t weird enough. I should probably go to Japan and like get the five most legendary animation directors in history together and get them all drunk and put them to competition to see who can outdo one another and we’ll just animate the whole fucking album. And then that happens and I got the label to pay for it, and then now they want to put a single out. Even though I made a cohesive concept record and a film, we’re putting a song and a cartoon out as a video, which I didn’t want to make. And now I’m talking to Zane Lowe about it. What’s up dog?
In addition to detailing his forthcoming album, Sturgill Simpson has shared a new animated video for the album’s lead single, “Sing Along”, which fans can watch below:
Sturgill Simpson – “Sing Along”
Fans can head here to pre-order Simpson’s Sound & Fury album.
See below for the album’s tracklist. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head to Sturgill Simpson’s website.
Sound & Fury Tracklist:
- Remember to Breathe
- Sing Along
- A Good Look
- Make Art Not Friends
- Best Clockmaker on Mars
- All Said and Done
- Last Man Standing
- Mercury in Retrograde
- Fastest Horse in Town