Sufjan Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty has released a new song, that was originally intended to be for sale on his Carrie & Lowell tour. But, evidently they were feeling generous, and just decided to give it to the Internet for free. As you can hear, “Exploding Whale,” which you can stream here, is an electronic tune more reminiscent of Age of Adz than of the folk-inspired sound of his latest release. Enjoy ... Discuss
You can now listen to Sufjan Stevens’ new album Carrie & Lowell, a week before it officially drops on March 31. NPR has posted a preview of the singer/songwriter’s first new LP since 2010’s Age of Adz, so start your Monday off on the right foot—with free music. (Just a heads up, a few of the songs contain some strong language) ... Discuss
Sufjan Stevens has released another brand new track from his upcoming album Carrie & Lowell. The record doesn’t drop until the end of the month, but you can enjoy the folky, vintage-Sufjan goodness of “Should Have Known Better” right now. The song also happens to be included on the brand new RELEVANT Collection, Vol. 16, compilation album available to download and stream—for absolutely free. Enjoy ... Discuss
As he prepares for the release of new album Carrie & Lowell, singer, songwriter and sometimes-filmmaker Sufjan Stevens sat down with Pitchfork to discuss the stories behind his new record Carrie & Lowell (it’s named after his mother and stepfather), but he also talked about the faith that has been a theme of his music since the beginning. The outlet asked the 39-year-old artist what his faith meant to him at this point in his life, and he said,
I still describe myself as a Christian, and my love of God and my relationship with God is fundamental, but its manifestations in my life and the practices of it are constantly changing. I find incredible freedom in my faith. Yes, the kingdom of Christianity and the Church has been one of the most destructive forces in history, and there are levels of bastardization of religious beliefs. But the unique thing about Christianity is that it is so amorphous and not reductive to culture or place or anything. It's extremely malleable.
This week Stevens released a track from the new album, “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross,” a song that is a call back to his earlier, signature folk sound, but takes a darker, more complex view of faith. You can hear the track (and read the lyrics, which do contain some strong language) here. Carrie & Lowell hits drops on March 31 ... Discuss
Five years after the release of the experimental electronic LP The Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens has announced that he is releasing a new album. Carrie & Lowell—named for his mother and stepfather—drops on March 31. A press release for the album explains that the new record is an exploration of "life and death, love and loss, and the artist's struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love." If this brief album trailer is any indication, it sounds like Carrie & Lowell may be a return to the dreamy, folk sounds of his earlier work ... Discuss