Behold, The Single…
As always, there is a vulnerability, and an honesty in Sufjan’s writing, that is unmatched.
Look, his music is intimate. And you have to be ready to go to that place. Vinyl Loop doesn’t want to psychoanalyze you or anything, but we think you should open yourself up and go there. Just go! See what you find.
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.
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.
Good news for everybody...
"who’s been patiently waiting for Sufjan Stevens to dispense with electro-pop experiments, orchestral suites, bizarro hip-hop excursions, and twisted Christmas songs: He’s just announced Carrie & Lowell, an album that’s being billed as a return to his “folk roots.” - Stereo Gum
Carrie and Lowell Video
Enjoy this album teaser reel, and the official audio video of the single "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross."
Carrie & Lowell feels like a memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Stevens'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 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.
THESE ARE AGGRESSIVE TIMES. Each morning we awaken to a psychic blitz of breaking news, social outrage, and millions of images and voices shrieking look at me and this onslaught does not cease until late at night when the last glowing screen fades to black. This world demands our attention with one hand and destroys it with the other. That such a noisy age can deliver an album as graceful and honest as Carrie & Lowell should reassure anyone losing faith these days. Let no one say philosophy is dead, for here is a 44-minute meditation on mortality, memory, and faith.
- Carrie & Lowell Album Teaser
- Death With Dignity
- Should Have Known Better
- All Of Me Wants All Of You
- Drawn To The Blood
- Fourth Of July
- The Only Thing
- Carrie & Lowell
- John My Beloved
- No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross
- Blue Bucket Of Gold
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Asthmatic Kitty Records
Sufjan releases music through his own label Asthmatic Kitty Records. They carry many other interesting artists as well, check them out!