The year is closing out rather splendidly for a Sufjan Stevens fan like me. Aside from his new The Greatest Gift mixtape that just dropped recently, he surprised us today with a new one off single named Tonya Harding (not affiliated with the movie about the infamous figure skater arriving soon). And what a gorgeous folktronica and chamber pop song it is, heavily drenched in melancholy, with a bit of a cheeky undertone if you catch all the lyrics. In a way, the story of Tonya Harding is tragic, yet so American. It’s about the fall of an amazing athlete, who succumbed to her demons and became tabloid fodder for the world. We get to watch one of Tonya Harding’s routines, an undeniably pristine performance, while we listen to Sufjan Stevens coos in his mellow, laid back fashion. Seeing that perfection only adds to the sadness of how everything turned out. To get that close to pure excellence and to descend in such a fashion, it’s like a Greek tragedy, or nearly Shakespearean, in a way. Tonya Harding is out on Asthmatic Kitty. Stream/download, here.

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