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listen to Sturgill Simpson’s ‘Sound & Fury’ (and watch the anime)


Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson‘s new album and accompanying anime visual album, are both out today. The anime was made with manga artist Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) and filmmaker Junpei Mizusaki (Batman Ninja), and the plot seems pretty straightforward: “A mysterious driver heads deep into a post-apocalyptic hellscape toward a ferocious showdown with two monstrous opponents.” Musically, Sturgill delivers the kind of gritty, techno-infected blues rock you’d want to soundtrack a post-apocalyptic hellscape anime film. “I was listening to a lot of hip-hop, and Black Sabbath, and The Cars, and old funk records and things,” Sturgill told Zane Lowe as to inspirations for the album and you can hear all that, as well as Eliminator-era ZZ-Top and late-’90s Primal Scream and Chemical Brothers. He throws in a couple pop songs alongside alongside all the muscle, in particular the very catchy “Mercury in Retrograde.” Mostly, though, Sound & Fury is just that, meant to be played loud while the world blows up around you.

Listen to the album below, and you can watch the anime (which clocks in at the same length as the album, 41 minutes), on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.

Sturgill will talk Sound & Fury at the 2019 New York Comic Con, and he’s playing a series of intimate shows around the same time with proceeds benefiting the Special Forces Foundation. The NYC-area shows, Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/6 and Stone Pony on 10/8, are sold out.

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