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Sufjan Stevens — Carrie & Lowell ζ≡ Album named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather. Critically feted indie pop singer/songwriter who wandered the musical highways of Dylan’s Old Weird America.
Born: July 1, 1975 in Detroit, MI
Location: Detroit, Michigan ~ Brooklyn, NY, United States
Album release: March 30 in Europe and March 31, 2015
Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty
01. Death With Dignity 4:00
02. Should Have Known Better 5:08
03. All of Me Wants All of You 3:42
04. Drawn to the Blood 3:19
05. Fourth of July 4:39
06. The Only Thing 4:44
07. Carrie & Lowell 3:15
08. Eugene 2:27
09. John My Beloved 5:05
10. No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross 2:41
11. Blue Bucket of Gold 4:44
By Evan Minsker on January 12, 2015 at 9:55 a.m. EST
Album named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather
ζ≡ In the nearly five years since Sufjan Stevens released The Age of Adz, he’s worked with the ballet, scored a rodeo documentary, released more Christmas music, and released an album and EP with his side project Sisyphus. This year, he’s releasing a new full–length. Carrie & Lowell is out March 30 via Asthmatic Kitty.
ζ≡ According to a press release, the album was named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather, and its 11 songs are about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.” It’s also billed as a return to Stevens’ “folk roots,” according to the press release.
ζ≡ Collaborators on the album include Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester, and Thomas Bartlett.
Artist Biography by Mario Mesquita Borges
ζ≡ A singer/songwriter and multi–instrumentalist, Detroit–born Sufjan Stevens started venturing into the music world while attending Hope College as a member of Marzuki, a folk–rock band based in Holland, Michigan. Following the release of two full–length albums with the group, Stevens decided to go solo in late 1999, investing fully in a career that was waiting to shine by itself. Sun Came, his debut album, appeared in 2000, confirming his superior musical command, complex instrumentation, and sparkling melodies. The promotion of the disc included playing on the road with the Danielson Famile, with whom he began regularly working. The heavily electronic Enjoy Your Rabbit, a song cycle concerning the animals of the Chinese zodiac, hit record stores in 2001, followed in 2003 by Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State, a 15–track conceptual piece produced and performed by Stevens — he played over 20 instruments — that placed his home state under the writer’s microscope. Despite the record’s narrowed focus, it was among the best reviewed work that year and made many critics’ year–end lists. In 2004, Stevens released his follow–up, Seven Swans, a thoughtful, spiritual, and quasi–mystical collection of standalone songs produced by Danielson Famile mastermind Daniel Smith. Stevens returned to his ambitious "states" project in 2005 with the epic Illinoise (extended title: Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come on Feel the Illinoise), which became one of the best–reviewed album of 2005, spawning accolades both regional and international — it was also smacked with a lawsuit concerning the depiction of DC Comics icon Superman on the cover, who was eventually covered by a balloon sticker and subsequently removed from further pressings. The 21–track Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras from the Illinois Album and the five–disc Christmas box set Songs for Christmas arrived in 2006, followed in 2007 by the instrumental BQE, a self–described "symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn–Queens Expressway" that was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed on three consecutive nights (November 1–3, 2007) in front of a film shot by Stevens, who had officially relocated to New York in 2000. Run Rabbit Run, a version of 2001's Enjoy Your Rabbit performed by the Osso String Quartet, and a recorded version, BQE, arrived in October 2009.
ζ≡ In 2010, Stevens surprised everybody by releasing All Delighted People, a nearly 60–minute EP of new music. An all–new studio album, the surreal electronic pop manifesto The Age of Adz, arrived later, in October of that year. In 2012 Stevens released the five–EP box set Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6–10, the sequel to 2006's Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1–5. The year 2014 brought the release of Sisyphus, a collaboration between Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. Stevens also teamed up with Yarn/Wire in 2014 to compose and perform the soundtrack to Round–Up, an impressionistic documentary film about rodeo riders. In 2015, Stevens returned with his first solo album of new, non–seasonal material since The Age of Adz; Carrie & Lowell, inspired by his parents, was released in March 2014, followed by a concert tour.
ζ≡ A Sun Came (2000)
ζ≡ Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001)
ζ≡ Michigan (2003)
ζ≡ Seven Swans (2004)
ζ≡ Illinois (2005) Tais Awards 2015 WINNER (TEN category)
ζ≡ The Age of Adz (2010)
ζ≡ Carrie & Lowell (2015)
ζ≡ All Delighted People (2010)
ζ≡ Songs for Christmas (2006)
ζ≡ Silver & Gold (2012)
ζ≡ The Avalanche (2006)
ζ≡ The BQE (2009)
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