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Sturgill Simpson announces new album & Netflix anime film

Sturgill Simpson
photo by Semi Song

As he said he would, Sturgill Simpson debuted the trailer for a new anime film called Sound & Fury at San Diego Comic Con this past Saturday (7/20). Along with that premiere, he also announced that the film will premiere on Netflix this fall, in conjunction with the release of Sturgill’s new album of the same name. Sturgill says, “We went in without any preconceived notions and came out with a really sleazy, steamy rock n roll record. It’s definitely my most psychedelic. And also my heaviest. I had this idea that it’d be really cool to animate some of these songs, and we ended up with a futuristic, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, samurai film.”

And here’s some more info on the album/film:

Merging American rock music and Japanese animation in a revolutionary new way, “SOUND & FURY,” the film, is set entirely to music from the full album, with a different anime segment for each individual song. Produced and based on a story by Simpson entitled “Sound & Fury,” the film was written and directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, founder of renowned CG animation studio Kamikaze Douga and director for the animated film,“Batman Ninja.” Takashi Okazaki, creator of Japanese manga series “Afro Samurai,” served as the film’s character designer. Additional directors include Masaru Matsumoto of Grayscale Arts (“Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars”), Michael Arias (“The Animatrix”), Henry Thurlow and Arthell Isom of D’Art Shtajio, and Koji Morimoto (“Akira”). Shunsuke Ochiai is co-executive producer.

Exact release date and more info TBA, so stay tuned. Watch the trailer below…

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