Good news, cartoon lovers—long car rides are about to get much better, and annoying your families far easier. Steven Universe songs like “We Are the Crystal Gems,” “Stronger Than You” and hopefully later-season gems including “It’s Over, Isn’t It?” and “Here Comes a Thought” are coming to your preferred streaming service.
Cartoon Network has (finally) announced a full-fledged Steven Universe soundtrack featuring songs hand-picked by creator Rebecca Sugar and the show’s primary voice talents (Zach Callison, Estelle, Deedee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz and Tom Scharpling) via Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday, April 12.
“I am so excited about this album that I hardly have the words. We poured our hearts into these songs and now they’re finally collected and stunningly re-mastered by our composers Aivi & Surasshu,” Sugar said in a press release.
I can not say enough about how much I love each of these tracks! But I can say that this is the best they’ve ever sounded! Please blast them! Please sing along! That’s what these are for! If the music of Steven Universe has been a tiny piece of the score of your life, please know that I am so honored. I hope you’ll love this album as much as we loved making it.
If you aren’t aware, Steven Universe broadcasts some of the best original music on TV. The show, which follows a half-human, half-alien, all-feelings titular 14-year-old coming to terms with his polymorphic sentient rock race’s dark history, has most recently been nominated for Emmy, GLAAD and Annie Awards. It also boldly approaches gender and sexuality, which is a huge (and necessary) step for youth-based networks.
Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 1 will be available to purchase in digital music stores and major streaming platforms as of June 2. Cartoon Network will reveal the tracklist on their socials within the coming weeks. (And maybe, in the meantime, fans can convince Sugar to release physical copies, or Cartoon Network to adapt a relatively regular schedule.) Take a look at the soundtrack’s cover art below in pixellated glory. You can also go ahead and download the title track here.
Image courtesy of Cartoon Network
Sarra Sedghi is the assistant editor of Paste’s food and science sections and one of those rabid Steven Universe fans.