After your lead single is 12-and-a-half-minutes lengthy, there actually aren’t any guidelines. So we shouldn’t be stunned that for his “America” follow-up, “Video Game,” Sufjan Stevens tapped Jalaiah Harmon, creator of the hyperviral Renegade dance on TikTok. And but! Stevens’s second single forward of latest album The Ascension — his first correct album since 2015’s Carrie & Lowell — is upbeat by his phrases, softly crooned over some spacey synths. Not fairly the pairing for hip-hop dance, however Harmon makes it work, dancing and popping bubbles in entrance of colourful neon screens. “The main takeaway of ‘Video Game’ for me is: your worth (invaluable) should never be based on other people’s approval (ephemeral),” Stevens defined in an announcement. “Jalaiah epitomizes all of this,” he added, “and I’m truly inspired by her. So I thought, ‘what if we could get Jalaiah to star in a ‘dance video’ about not wanting to star in a ‘dance video?’ I’m so honored she agreed.” So don’t be stunned if you happen to hear a Sufjan tune the subsequent time you open TikTok.