Sufjan and Angelo are debuting two new songs from their forthcoming album A Beginner’s Mind: “Cimmerian Shade,” inspired by Silence of the Lambs, and “You Give Death A Bad Name,” inspired by Night of the Living Dead

Hear the songs here, or below.

Of “Cimmerian Shade,” which is sung from the perspective of Silence of the Lambs antagonist Buffalo Bill (a.k.a. Jame Gumb), Angelo says:  “Many authors have emotional attachments to the characters they create. 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.”

The full album is out on September 24. 

You can pre-order the 12-inch, the Completist Bundle*, and the 7-inch with these two songs here. The 12-inch we’re selling is an exclusive“Beginner’s Mind Ocean Blue,” its color  based on the swirling wave crests in Point Break, the Kathryn Bigelow directed 1992 action crime film starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, and the movie that inspired Sufjan and Angelo’s title song. 

See below for more corresponding movies with links to streaming sites:

1“Reach Out”Wings of Desire
2“Lady Macbeth In Chains”All About Eve
3“Back To Oz”Return to Oz
4“The Pillar Of Souls”Hellraiser III
5“You Give Death A Bad Name”Night of the Living Dead
6“Beginner’s Mind”Point Break
7“Olympus”Clash of the Titans
8“Murder And Crime”Mad Max
9“(This Is) The Thing”The Thing
10“It’s Your Own Body And Mind”She’s Gotta Have It
11“Lost In The World”The Last Wave
12“Fictional California”Bring it On Again
13“Cimmerian Shade”Silence of the Lambs
14“Lacrimae”Lacrimae Rerum

* Please note: due to vinyl manufacturing delays, we are having to delay the 7-inches to after release date. This includes the 7-inches ala carte and in the bundle. 12-inches will ship separately on or slightly before release date. If you’ve already pre-ordered the bundle or 7-inches, please check your email in the next week for more information.