I’m listening to the brand-spanking new Sufjan Stevens EP and thinking about a few things. First, wow, this is some gorgeous orchestration. Lofty! Ambitious! And that’s only the first 11-minute track!
Secondly, Sufjan is one of those artists who sort of defy boxing. He picks his own path and crafts the music that’s in his heart and I respect that. Good thing that musical ticker of his is chalk-full of insanely amazing melodies.
Also, interesting that he’s using Bandcamp to sell this baby (go get it, its only 5 bucks!). Does that mean BC is breaking out into a much wider audience? As anyone who reads this blog will know, I link to that site daily. Big fan.
Wow. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet but the EP is an hour long. An EP??? It’s easily said that Sufjan is the most ambitious artists going today. I say let him take his time between albums if he’s creating these masterpieces.
Via Asthmatic Kitty:
The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped (oh we hate making workshop a verb, but time is money!) on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. 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 (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?). The full track list is available right here.
All Delighted People:
- All Delighted People (Original Version)
- Enchanting Ghost
- From the Mouth of Gabriel
- The Owl and the Tanager
- All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)