Video Game

Sufjan Stevens - Video Game
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2020 Ratings: #204
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August 13, 2020 / Release Date
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Asthmatic Kitty / Label
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A song about video games that isn't shit???

Sufjan uses video games as a metaphor for religion, as he did in the previous single America, which alludes to what this album's main theme could be? The criticising of religion? Either way I'm excited and this song has only fuelled that. While it's not as good as America it's definitely a really fun track, and a very different one for Sufjan as well, synth pop galore it sounds very 80s inspired.
I sadly didn't like this one tbh :( I though the lyrics were interesting, but wow this is super repetitive and production is super basic and shallow, hopefully this will be the weakest one on the record
Video Game seems to follow a path that is a bit unusual for Sufjan, Synth-Pop.
He has dabbled and succeeded in creating some amazing Electronic music, Age of Adz is the obvious port of call for such work, but i'm also a big fan of Planetarium which has garnered less interest than i would have expected. Both of these projects though are a lot more experimental than Video Game and so much of what i was hoping for on my first listen wasn't really there. The melody is less complex, the textures ... read more
EDIT: This is pretty hypnotizing actually... If it’s got some more bombastic material around it, I can see this really working for me in the context of the album.

I’m into the synthpop direction as well as all the 80s callbacks (“I don’t wanna be your personal Jesus”), but I feel like this track is missing a lot of the explosivity that I love about that era of pop music, or even Adz, Sufjan’s previous electronic album. America took some time to grow, so ... read more
I feel like I'm just destined to disagree with all die-hard Sufjan fans.

This is actually my favorite Sufjan Stevens song in a very long time, the synth aesthetic fits Sufjan's soothing vocals and the way this track moves feels so natural and hypnotizing. Sufjan delivers one of those melodies which is IMPOSSIBLE to get out of your head. All of this and I haven't even mentioned the honestly evocative and intriguing lyrics. This is a W. I have a feeling that this new album might be the moment ... read more
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Added on: August 12, 2020