Rosie Thomas and Sufjan Stevens combine on new festive hymn ‘We Should Be Together’.
The pair are – separately – regarded as something of a festive institution. Sufjan Stevens’ approach to the Advent soundtrack scarcely needs introduction, while the Rosie Thomas album ‘A Very Rosie Christmas’ is a wonderfully heart-on-sleeve approach to the festive period.
New single ‘We Should Be Together’ was built by Rosie Thomas, and she’s reached out to Sufjan Stevens for some breathtaking backing vocals. The song is a bittersweet dissection of Christmas, looking at the feeling of togetherness, but conversely how that can also reinforce the loneliness some people experience.
A hushed, frosted piece of songwriting, ‘We Should Be Together’ is a heart-stopping slice of music. Rosie Thomas says…
“Christmas can be a bittersweet time, and the world can feel hopeless and lonely fairly often, but there’s some kind of magic around Christmas that brings hope and togetherness, or at least that possibility, which I guess is hope. Though this story is framed within a relationship, the larger themes and longings are more universal.”
“We all need hope, and we need each other. The song started with my husband. He had the melody and arrangement and even the chorus. Together we worked on the verses. We’re a pretty great writing team, which just naturally came together over time, and has been really enjoyable. We finish eachother’s… sandwiches. This song’s a beauty, and it was great having Sufjan hop in and make it even richer of course – our little Christmas miracle himself.”
Tune in now.