This Friday, October 6th, Sufjan releases his new album, Javelin. Today, we present the final pre-release single, “A Running Start,” which Sufjan describes as “a song about the exhilarating power of first loves and first kisses, and finding safety and serenity in the sublime beauty of nature.” 

Hear the song or watch the lyric video here.

All physical copies of Javelin will include a 48-page book of art and essays created by Sufjan, and we’re providing a free digital version of the book early. You can view that here.

Also: you don’t have to wait until Friday to hear the full record! Several record stores and shops are holding listening events this evening (see below for details). They’ll have free Javelin goodies, and you’ll be able to purchase and walk away with your own copy of Javelin. You can also pre-order or pre-save the album and Javelin merch from the AKR store here, including an AKR Sea Foam vinyl LP.

October 3, 2023

New York, US, Rough Trade

Austin, US, Waterloo Records

Philadelphia, US, Repo Records

Chicago, US, Reckless Records

Atlanta, US, Criminal Records

Toronto, Canada, Sonic Boom

Montreal, Canada, Le Vacarme

Vancouver, Canada, Neptoon Records

Nashville, US, Grimey’s

Charleston, US, J. Stark w/ records sold by The Record Stop

Wilmington, US, Fuzzy Needle

Chattanooga, US, Yellow Racket Records 


Seattle, US, Easy Street Records 

Indianapolis, US, LUNA music 

Halifax, Canada, obsolete records 

Orlando, US, Park Ave CDs