Sturgill Simpson fans have been waiting for any sign that the release of a new album is coming sooner rather than later. On March 2, the alt-country phenomenon caused a stir by sharing an illustration that may signal the upcoming arrival of fresh music.
The image, which is now plastered all over Simpson’s social media pages, appears to show a skeleton fighting against a similar devil-like figure. Aside from the picture itself, fans were given no other info to explain its meaning. Many have interpreted the drawing as a visual representation of “battling your demons,” as the skeleton appears to be fighting back against the pitchfork-wielding enemy.
Because of its square shape, it seems likely that the illustration is the cover art for his high anticipated follow-up to 2014’s breakthrough release, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Late last year, Simpson revealed that he already had a full album in the can, but was in no rush to release it.
“What’s next is already finished,” he told GQ. “I don’t want to put it out just yet, because I know I’m just going to have to turn around and do what I just did all over again. Quite honestly, I need about six months at home with my family.”
This revelation lines up directly with a summer 2016 release date, which seems to be confirmed by a bio recently posted on the Rockslide Festival website. Only time will tell if the mysterious image is a teaser for Simpson’s next release, but the odds definitely look favorable.