It’s wintertime, which means it’s peak Sufjan season. The indie-folk singer has announced that he will be releasing a new song, “Lonely Man of Winter,” on Nov. 9 via Asthmatic Kitty Records. In true Sufjan Stevens fashion, the song will be available in two distinct versions, and accompanied by Alec Duffy’s song “Every Day is Christmas.” The single will also be available as a physical seven-inch record on Dec. 7.
Proceeds from the single will benefit Duffy’s Brooklyn nonprofit performance venue JACK, whose mission is “to fuel experimentation in art and activism and help it serve as a launch pad for the next generation of artists,” according to a press release. Stevens and Duffy first crossed paths in 2007, when Duffy won the “Sufjan Stevens’ Xmas Song Xchange Contest” with “Every Day is Christmas.” Sufjan wrote “Lonely Man of Winter” in response to Duffy’s song, and the two exchanged song rights. Since then, Duffy has spent much of his time operating JACK, asking Asthmatic Kitty to release the song as a way to raise money for the venue.
You can preorder the single here and see its accompanying artwork below. Check back with Paste this Friday to hear “Lonely Man of Winter,” which was produced by Thomas Bartlett and features a performance by Melissa Mary Ahern.