Nearly two years ago, experimental singer/ songwriter Sufjan Stevens, rapper Serengeti and producer/ composer Son Lux teamed up for a new collaborative project under the moniker s / s / s. Following the release of their Beak & Claw EP last year, the trio renamed themselves as Sisyphus and are set to release their eponymous debut full-length album. Stevens explained the name change:
“s/s/s started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp so we had to change it. We wanted a word with three S’s and Sisyphus felt like a capable anti-hero—endless struggle, the human plague, the existential condition.”
The forthcoming album, which was initially meant to be and EP, is partly inspired by the art of visual artist Jim Hodges, and was commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Sisyphus will see the light of day on March 18th via Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise Recordings.
‘Calm It Down’ is the first single taken from the album and it comes with a lyric video if you feel like rapping along. Enjoy.