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Sufjan Stevens – “I Should Have Known Better”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens just knows how to speak to something deep within. His music always finds a way to break through any and all emotional boundaries, finding those deep hidden emotions that you thought you had tucked away from plain sight. Then you hear those poetic lyrics sung with his unbelievable vocals and stirring arrangements. You just can’t help it. You can’t fight it. It just takes over.

This feeling is basically the experience of “I Should Have Known Better,” the second track officially released from his soon to be released new album Carrie & Lowell, a record that we’ve been impatient;y waiting nearly half a decade for. It begins with a beautiful stirring whisper, but soon transforms into something a bit more exploratory, like something off of Illinois (the vocal arrangements) and Age Of Adz (the electronics).

It’s the sort of song that reminds us why Sufjan Stevens is one of the best artists of this era. It’s currently my favorite song off of Carrie & Lowell, but that may very well change over time. Either way, enjoy the song below and make sure you purchase this album from Asthmatic Kitty.
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Sufjan Stevens - No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

My most anticipated record of the year is Carrie & Lowell, the long-awaited new album from Sufjan Stevens. It’s set for release on March 31 via Asthamatic Kitty Records. He announced the album last month which included a teaser trailer.

Today he’s shared with us the first track from the record: “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross.” It’s just Sufjan singing while strumming an acoustic guitar, but he’s able to summon so much out of so little. He paints a picture for us with his lyrics, which he whispers just as much as sings.

Pitchfork posted a very informative interview with Sufjan, where it’s learned that childhood trips to Oregon had heavy influence on the album – maybe a loose continuation of the 50 states project if you will (but Sufjan probably won’t like that).

I’ve had “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” on repeat all day. I’m itching to hear the full product, one that I’m sure will be one of the best of the year. Stream it below (and find Sufjan’s upcoming tour dates).
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Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album: ‘Carrie & Lowell’

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Believe it or not, it’s been five years’ since Sufjan Stevens released his last album, Age Of Adz. So it’s exciting news that Sufjan Stevens has announced a new album titled Carrie & Lowell. It will be released on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty.

The album was named after Steven’s mother and stepfather, and features 11 songs about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.”

Longtime fans of Stevens may be pleased to learn that the album is being called a return to Steven’s folk roots. Age Of Adz, while a great album, dabbled into electronic territory, which may have turned some fans away who were used to his more folk-oriented work. And who knows, maybe he can work in some special Illinois shows with the eventual tour for the album, consider it’s the 10th anniversary of the classic.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens along with Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett.

Check out a beautiful album trailer that the label released below, featuring presumably a new track off the record. The album tracklist follows.
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Sufjan Stevens – A Little Lost (Arthur Russell Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

Master Mix

On October 21 Red Hot will release a tribute album to Arthur Russell (Via Yep Roc) that is titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. The compilation features covers from the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, and Phosphorescent.

Sufjan Steven covered “A Little Lost” and he works his typical Sufjan Stevens magic on it, gearing it more towards his Age Of Adz sound. It’s a magical listen, a cover that does right by the original while still finding its own voice. Not an easy task, although Sufjan makes it seem that way.

Stream it below.
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Sisyphus, the trio collaboration consisting of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, are releasing their debut self-titled album March 18 via Asthmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise.

We already heard one cut from the album called “Calm It Down.” Over the weekend the trio shared a video for the track “Alcohol.” The track is a five and a half minute collection of various musical ideas combined to one interesting whole. The video shares this idea, collecting various images from pop culture to the very random.

Check it out below.
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Sisyphus – Calm It Down (Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux & Serengeti)

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2013 — with 1 comment


Last year Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux & Serengeti got together to release a EP under the moniker S/S/S. They’re back at it but are now know as Sisyphus.

They’ve released a new song called “Calm It Down.” It’s off their self-titled debut album Sisyphus, which is out March 18 via Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise. The album was originally just going to be another EP, but Sufjan said there was a “wellspring of mad ideas”, which resulted in a full album.

Check out “Calm It Down” which starts as a jittery rap track but soon travels into a world more reminiscent of what Sufjan has been doing lately. It’s a trip.

Stream the track using the widget below. You can also obtain a free download via the widget below, for the price of your e-mail.

[new/old]: Sufjan Stevens – Take Me

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2013 — with 1 comment


It’s been some time since we’ve heard new (non Christmas) music from Sufjan Stevens. Almost three years, to be exact. So we’ll take anything we can get this point.

With that said, I was happy to see that Sufjan released an old demo of his called “Take Me” earlier in the week. Now with the madness that is CMJ out of the way, I finally can post. He shared the song on his tumblr saying:

Sloppy lo-fi demo I found on an old hard drive. It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.

It’s a mix of his older work with the electronic experimentation that he explored on 2010’s Age Of Adz. There’s some Thom Yorke/recent Radiohead influence in here, for sure. It’s one hell of a track, shame that it’s only a demo.

Take a listen below.

Sufjan Stevens – I’ll Be Home for Christmas

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2012

Sufjan Stevens offers a hypnotic feeling on his cover of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. It’s a stunning version of the Christmas classic, one that I could actually see myself enjoying come Christmas time (is that already?). It’s off his new Christmas collection, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Volumes 6-10.

The video for it is equally hypnotic. Watch that below.
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Sufjan Stevens – The Star Spangled Banner

By Will Oliver, November 7th 2012

Sufjan Stevens is so good, I’d be down to hear him play anything, even say….the “Star Spangled Banner”. Well apparently Sufjan agrees, as he has released his Sufjan’d version of that. He posted it on his blog today, in celebration of Obama’s reelection. The post was titled “DEMOCRACY NOW.” Amen.

Take a listen below.

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