Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Sufjan Stevens EP "All Delighted People" and Album "Age of Adz"

Sufjan Steven’s first release in five years since the grandiose Illinoise is underwhelmingly perfect. While I suppose that sounds like an underhanded slight, I mean it in only the most complimentary of ways. When you listen to “Heirloom,” below, it isn’t a massive endeavor. It isn’t a flashy return meant to remind us of his long absence or a blaring ode to his musical genius. Instead, it’s a simple humble song that subtly nudges your subconscious to remind you that Sufjan Stevens is fucking amazing.

Perhaps, Pitchfork put it best “’Heirloom’” is like Sufjan showing up to your apartment unannounced, saying "hi," playing a few songs, saying "thanks," and then leaving without explanation. There's a lingering effect.”

What’s more fitting, is that this is a fantastic way to return from a 5 year hiatus with something simple before diving into the crazy, which would be his soon to be released full length album Age of Adz. Also featured below is a sneak peak at his upcoming album, where he surprisingly forgoes his signature guitar and harmonica sound in favor of a hip-hop bass drum on “I walked.” Odd, but because it’s Sufjan he makes it work.

<a href="http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/track/heirloom">Heirloom by Sufjan Stevens</a>

Sufjan Stevens - I Walked by Aesthetes Anonymous

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