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Fourth Of July
Artist
Sufjan Stevens
Label
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Catalogue Number
AKR392-7in
Release Date
December 2, 2022
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    AKR392-7in-C2

    Estimated release date: December 2, 2022

On July 1, his birthday, Sufjan Stevens is releasing two alternate versions of his song, “Fourth of July.”

Both versions were recorded around 2014: “Fourth of July (April Base Version)” was recorded in Eau Claire, WI at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio, and “Fourth of July (DUMBO Version)” was recorded in Sufjan’s old studio in Brooklyn, NY.

The original version of “Fourth of July” appeared on Sufjan’s 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell. As is (and was) his custom, Sufjan would often rework different versions of his songs while recording an album, and “Fourth of July” was no exception. (Other versions & remixes of the song were released on “The Greatest Gift” mixtape and on the “Exploding Whale” 7” single.)

These two latest versions were recently found on old harddrives. The refrain of the song, “We’re all gonna die,” invokes a meditation on human mortality and fragility, even as it acts as an anchor of stoic hope. Its solemnity invites listeners to feel comfort, connection — even joy — wrought from great pain and loss.

The song has recently had a resurgence with listeners — which may speak to a deep national grief and sense of loss.

TRACK LISTING
SIDE A
Fourth of July (April Base Version) 03:43

SIDE B Fourth of July (DUMBO Version) 03:30

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens

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