Sufjan. Â That’s probably enough information for 90% of you.
For the other 10%, Sufjan Stevens carved a unique niche into the indie landscape in the early 2000s, wielding a mighty pen full of theological and introspective lyricsÂ and a blend ofÂ folk music and sweepingÂ Americana. Â He is certainly one of the most intriguing and thought-provoking artists birthed from the past few decades, and 2015 will see a new full-length by JUST Sufjan…not a soundtrack, not a side project…a NEW SUFJAN ALBUM. Â Rejoice.
Check out the trailer below and buy this thing. Â $15?! Â Seriously, Happy Monday.
Carrie & Lowell sounds like memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Stevensâ€™s gauzy double-tracked vocals wash across the dashboard of long-finned, drop-top Americana, yet as we race towards the coast we are reminded that sunshine leads to shadow, for this is a landscape of terminal roads, unsteady bridges, traumatic video stores, and unhappy beds that provide the scenery for tales of jackknifed cars, funerals, and forgiveness for the dead. Each track in this collection of eleven songs begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. Sufjan recounts the indignities of our world, of technological distraction and sad sex, of an age without neither myths nor miracleâ€”and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom. Carrie & Lowell accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days: By seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive