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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