Hear Sturgill Simpson's Hypnotic New Song 'Brace for Impact'

Hear Sturgill Simpson's Hypnotic New Song 'Brace for Impact'


Hear Sturgill Simpson's Hypnotic New Song 'Brace for Impact' news
Hear Sturgill Simpson's Hypnotic New Song 'Brace for Impact' news

Sturgill Simpson premiered the song "Brace for Impact" from his album 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth' on Apple's Beats 1. Seth McConnell/The Denver Post

It’s fair to say that Sturgill Simpson won’t be issuing Metamodern Sounds in Country Music: Part Two for his upcoming full-length album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.

Simpson revealed the album title and first single, titled “Brace for Impact,” earlier today on Apple’s Beats 1 with host Zane Lowe. Sonically it has much more in common with the fuzzed-out blues rock of “Sugar Daddy,” Simpson’s theme for HBO’s Vinyl, than the space-cowboy odysseys of Metamodern. Supported by funky splashes of electric piano and organ, Simpson lays out a simple, live-for-today message of kindness that closes with an extended instrumental coda of cascading electric guitars and a throbbing, synthetic bass groove. Listen to the song and Simpson’s interview with Lowe below.

“I wanted to reverse-engineer the songcraft this time around,” Simpson tells Lowe. “Country music especially can get very formulaic. You have to have your verses and bridge and chorus. A lot of the songs were written as plain and simple poetry on the road and I decided I was going to frame those poems to music while in the studio.”

Simpson tells Lowe he made A Sailor’s Guide to Earth for his son, and it represents the next steps in his musical evolution.

“If you take a chance and try to progress a little bit, which for me is what it’s all about — I already made Metamodern, so I didn’t want to make another psychedelic country record,” he says. “But as soon as I open my mouth, it’s always going to be a country record. You’re always a little nervous because people might expect more of the same or they might not be as willing to take the journey with you, but I think any of the true fans probably wouldn’t expect anything less.”