Posts Tagged ‘Sufjan Stevens’

December 7, 2017

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 12.01.2017 – 12.06.2017

Featured Music – December 1 – 6, 2017
(excluding tracks not available on Soundcloud)

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December 7, 2017

The year is closing out rather splendidly for a Sufjan Stevens fan like me. Aside from his new The Greatest Gift mixtape that just dropped recently, he surprised us today with a new one off single named Tonya Harding (not affiliated with the movie about the infamous figure skater arriving soon). And what a gorgeous folktronica and chamber pop song it is, heavily drenched in melancholy, with a bit of a cheeky undertone if you catch all the lyrics. In a way, the story of Tonya Harding is tragic, yet so American. It’s about the fall of an amazing athlete, who succumbed to her demons and became tabloid fodder for the world. We get to watch one of Tonya Harding’s routines, an undeniably pristine performance, while we listen to Sufjan Stevens coos in his mellow, laid back fashion. Seeing that perfection only adds to the sadness of how everything turned out. To get that close to pure excellence and to descend in such a fashion, it’s like a Greek tragedy, or nearly Shakespearean, in a way. Tonya Harding is out on Asthmatic Kitty. Stream/download, here.

November 7, 2017

Everyday we inch towards the release of Sufjan Stevens’ new outtakes and unreleased tracks mixtape, The Greatest Gift, but we still have nearly three weeks to wait before it arrives to sooth the soul with the esteemed artist’s delicate chamber pop and intricate folktronica. It seems like a long time to wait still, but we now also have Visions Of Gideon and Mystery Of Love to tide us over until late November. Though they’re not from the mixtape, these brand new songs are from a fresh soundtrack for a movie arriving soon named Call Me By Your Name. Both tracks emit the usual tender, wistful, heart string tugging beauty that we’ve traditionally come to associate with this versatile artist and multi-instrumentalist. You can stream the full soundtrack album for Call Me By Your Name on Spotify, here.

October 17, 2017

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 10.09.2017 – 10.16.2017

Featured Music – October 9-16, 2017
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October 11, 2017

I’ve already listened to this gorgeous new Sufjan Stevens treat countless times since it first surfaced this morning. The revered multi-dimensional musician will be releasing a new mixtape entitled The Greatest Gift entailing a collection of outtakes, demos, and remixes from his Carrie & Lowell days in 2015. Wallowa Lake Monster is one of four unreleased songs to be included with the mixtape. It’s a breathtaking stroll close to seven minutes long that harkens back to his chamber pop and folktronica infused sound. The Greatest Gift will be out on November 24th on Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-order, here.

May 24, 2017

We’re kicking off this new set of shares with something beautiful yet hushed. Crazy, Stoned, & Gone is the latest song from Los Angeles based lo-fi folk singer songwriter Angelo De Augustine. The pensively soothing lullaby comes with a lovely animated music video, directed by illustrious musician Sufjan Stevens. Crazy, Stoned, & Gone is an understated treat for both the eyes and ears. The song is lifted off of Angelo De Augustine’s new album Swim Inside The Moon, arriving on August 25th via Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-order, here.

February 26, 2016

Sufjan Stevens’ Chicago is one of my favorite songs of all time. Its lush folktronica and Sufjan’s gentle cooing get me every time. I’m so fond of the tune that I seem to gravitate to all and any renditions of the song. One of my favorite versions of Chicago is a live recording of Sufjan Stevens performing the song right here in San Francisco nearly a decade ago. It’s a stripped down performance accompanied by a heart rending solitary horn. You can watch that clip below, but first, it’s much recommended that you check out this brand new demo version of Chicago that was just revealed today. It jangles in a dusty haze, endearingly remorseful as ever. This demo version of Chicago will get a release on April 1st on 12″ vinyl, its star shape an ode to the one on Chi-Town’s flag. Digital purchases of the demo will be made available tomorrow. In the meantime, a limited run of misprinted copies of the demo vinyl were sold separately earlier today. They accidentally printed “45RPM” on those instead of “33RPM”, and people swooped all of the rare discs up quick. I’m pretty sad that I didn’t catch wind of the sale early enough, but at least I can take solace in the fact that I own the album Chicago comes off of, Illinoise, on vinyl at home.

January 7, 2016

I must be dreaming right now, because one of the most talented artists with the most sensational voices to come out of the emerging act pool of 2015 has teamed up with a long time brilliant favorite for this amazing cover video. Los Angeles’ Gallant, one of my top ten artists to watch of 2016, covers Sufjan Stevens’ Blue Bucket Of Gold alongside Sufjan himself for the first in a series of collaborative videos Gallant is releasing. He aims to pay tribute to and create something special with the artists that inspired him most. Why am I not surprised that the great Sufjan is an influence on Gallant? Take a deep breath before you dive into this first episode of In The Room, because it might just leave you in a heap of sobbing ecstasy. After watching this many times over today, I’m about ready to crown Gallant as the best new voice in the scene right now. The Blue Bucket Of Gold cover was recorded live in one take on December 10th, 2015 in New York City. It’s also streaming exclusively on Spotify. If you pay close attention to festival news as I do, then you likely know that both Sufjan Stevens and Gallant (as well as his Mind Of A Genius label mate ZHU) are playing Coachella this April. They’re obviously acts you can’t miss if you’re heading out to the desert.

Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better

March 12, 2015

There’s an endless long list of albums I’m infinitely eager for in the coming months. Sufjan Steven’s Carrie and Lowell is easily at the top of that list. The brilliant artist hasn’t released a solo album in awhile (the Christmas album and collaborative projects don’t count), and I’m ready to be melted by his intricate, nostalgic music again. Case in point, check out this new tune he just unleashed today off Carrie and Lowell, Should Have Known Better. It’s everything I wish for from Sufjan… dreamy, folksy, melancholic, breathtaking beautiful… I can’t wait to see him on tour for the new album. Yes, I have my tickets. I sure hope he does Chicago again… one of my favorite live videos of Sufjan is a fan clip of him performing Chicago in San Francisco many eons ago.

Sufjan Stevens – No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross

February 16, 2015

In my opinion, Sufjan Stevens is one of the most brilliant musicians of our time. His album Illinoise is a timeless work of art, and I’m proud to own it on vinyl. As most of us have come to realize, the musician is very much versatile, having dropped some very interesting music with many collaborators in past years, ranging from hip hop to folktronica to tongue in cheek Christmas music. I was incredibly happy when I found out recently that Sufjan will be returning to his lush folk roots with new album Carrie and Lowell, due out March 31st. Now, we get to listen to a first offering from the album, the tender and stringy No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross. It’s a hushing, gentle, and poignant song, exactly the delicate lullaby I had hoped and wished for from Sufjan.