Angelo De Augustine has shared a new single, “Santa Barbara,” which he worked on with Sufjan Stevens. It’s not the first time that the two of them teamed up over the last couple years — Stevens has played live with De Augustine previously — but it is their first properly released studio collaboration. De Augustine’s last album, 2019’s Tomb, was released via Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label.
“Santa Barbara” is a very pretty hushed reverie. “All this life has been a disguise/ Except for the hand in mine/ Belonging to my one true love/ In Santa Barbara on Hanukkah,” De Augustine sings on the song.
“‘Santa Barbara’ touches on the uncertainties and realities of being mortal in the landscape that we view through our experience; displaying ghostly apparitions, love, death and a famous British novelist,” he said in a statement. “It was a good experience to record this song with my friend Sufjan. I look forward to sharing more soon.”