Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP New Sufjan Stevens mini album. Mailorder Ollie will be very excited. Available on CD +LP (with MP3 code) The "All Delighted People" mini album is built around two different versions of Sufjan Stevens’ long-form epic ballad "All Delighted People", a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s "Sounds Of Silence". The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s Autumn 2009 tour. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam for single mothers "Djohariah", and the gothic piano ballad "The Owl And The Tanager", a live-show mainstay. www.myspace.com/sufjanstevens Asthmatic Kitty 12" | CD
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche Released in 2006 as a follow-up to Sufjan Stevens' 2005 Illinois, Asthmatic Kitty Records is finally releasing Avalanche on vinyl. Initially conceived as part of a double album version of Illinois, Avalanche instead became a "companion" (a polite word for "b-sides") to Illinois. Since its release, fans have had mixed reactions. "3 versions of Chicago?!?! Enough already," wrote ‘biografiend" on Sputnik. But "cravenmonket," who gave the album 4.5 stars on rateyourmusic, suggests that we all "stop thinking of The Avalanche as more Illinois. It actually owes more to Michigan." Cravenmonket may be right. Take "The Mistress Witch" or "Saul Bellow," both of which could have lived on the 2003 Michigan as much as on Illinois. One can hear Sufjan's 2004 Enjoy Your Rabbit in "The Undivided Self." And the band jam on "Springfield" looks forward to 2010's All Delighted People. Then there's "Pittsfield," which, at least lyrically, foreshadows the more personal themes of 2015's Carrie & Lowell. All that to say, a vinyl release of Avalanche is long overdue. With gratitude, we happily present Avalanche as a 2xLP a mere twelve years after its release, complete with all 21 songs from the original release, including the three versions of "Chicago" (you're welcome, biografiend). Rough Trade LP
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Sufjan Stevens returns to his folk roots with Carrie & Lowell an album inspired by life, death, love and loss and named after his parents Carrie & Lowell sounds like memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. 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 miracle—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. Asthmatic Kitty CD | LP
Sufjan Stevens Love Yourself / With My Whole Heart In celebration of Pride Month, Sufjan Stevens is releasing two new songs today on the topic of love: 'Love Yourself' and 'With My Whole Heart', available on limited-edition 7” vinyl and on all digital platforms, via Asthmatic Kitty. A portion of the proceeds from this project will go to two organisations that provide support for LGBTQ and homeless kids in America-the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, NY and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, MI. 'Love Yourself' is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago. The original 4- track demo he recorded in 1996 is included as well as a short instrumental reprise. 'With My Whole Heart' is a completely new song that Stevens wrote as a personal challenge to “write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety or self-deprecation.” Asthmatic Kitty Records 7"
Sufjan Stevens Tonya Harding A new 7" single from the legendary Sufjan Stevens, written about the former figure skater Tonya Harding. I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all. Asthmatic Kitty Records 7"
Sufjan Stevens Blue Bucket of Gold / Hotline Bling (Feat. Gallant) 12" on translucent blue coloured vinyl. Includes a download code to a 16-song Carrie & Lowell live show. A 12" single from Sufjan Stevens, featuring Blue Bucket of Gold and his awesome cover of Drake's Hotline Bling. the full digital 16-track set from his ‘carrie & lowell’ live show is possibly even more exciting than the stunning translucent blue vinyl belonging to this very sleeve! the download’s performances carry the emotional arc of a memorial, celebrating carrie’s life and meditating on her death with a sweeping transcendence that gave testament to sufjan’s central thesis of mourning: that in spite of death, we must go on living in fullness and joy. 12"
Sufjan Stevens Greatest Gift A companion piece to Sufjan Stevens' live version of Carrie & Lowell Audio Visual Album. The release includes a number of unreleased songs from the albums sessions as well as some iPhone recordings and remixes. Asthmatic Kitty Records LP
Sufjan Stevens Planetarium The new collaborative album fronted by Sufjan Stevens featuring Bryce Dessner (The National), Nico Muhly and James McAlister. The album from the supergroup explores the concept of our solar system, what it is to be human and beyond, fusing a variety of genres and a multitude of instrumentation. A musical and aesthetic journey as far-reaching as its subject: from lush piano ballads to prog-rock political anthems, curious electronic backbeats to classical cadenzas, which occasionally give way to ambient interludes and majestic brass chorales, buttressed by a percussive drive that keeps the momentum skyward. In spite of all the experimentation in sound and style, Sufjan’s vocals provide a clear and coherent centre of gravity, and includes some of his most diverse vocal performances to date (from soft hush to guttural scream); whether he’s singing through effects pedals, vocoders, auto-tune or not, his voice delivers an ambitious flight map through the cosmos. 4AD CD | LP
Sufjan Stevens Michigan - Greetings From The Great Lake State A 2003 release from Sufjan - on here we are witness once more to his multi-tasking instrumental abilities and song writing skills, alongside the Michigan Militia which is his band of friends! A hugely imaginative and provocative project with so much range and diversity, covering ground from the usual banjo pluckin' and whispered but clear and crisp singing styles to textures similar to a rattly, percussive Tortoise and multi layered Papa M. It's a long one too - around 70 minutes of Michigan based beauty. The perfect summer sun set - but good for all year round! (NB) 01. Flint 02. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace! 03. For the Widows in Paradise; For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti 04. The Upper Peninsula 05. Say YES! to M!CH!GAN! 06. Tahquamenon Falls 07. Holland 08. Oh Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head 09. Romulus 10. Alanson, Crooked River 11. Sault Saint Marie, Sleeping Bear 12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black 13. Oh God Where Are You Now? 14. Redford 15. Vitos Ordination Song LP Bonus Tracks 16. Marching Band 17. Pickerel Lake 18. Niagara Falls 19. Presidents & Magistrates 20. Wolverine Asthmatic Kitty Records CD | LP