Five years ago, the eternally cool singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega staged an off-Broadway production about her love of the writer Carson McCullers. And this fall, as The Wall Street Journal reports, she’ll use that play as the source material for a new album, Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers. Vega co-wrote most of the album’s songs with Duncan Shiek, and she also worked with the jazz musician Michael Jefry Stevens. And while many of the songs are reportedly based in jazz or classical, first single “We Of Me,” which takes its title from McCullers’ 1946 novel The Member Of The Wedding, comes close to the icy folk-rock that first made Vega famous in the ’80s. It’s a sparse, observational, low-key song, and you can hear it below, via The Wall Street Journal.
Lover, Beloved is out 10/14 on Vega’s own Amanuensis Productions label.