Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens



Sufjan Stevens (/ˈsfjæn/ SOOF-yan; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 2000 on the Asthmatic Kitty label which he cofounded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the single "Chicago" from that album.

Stevens has released albums of varying styles, from the electronica of Enjoy Your Rabbit and the lo-fi folk of Seven Swans to the symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording,[1] and writes music in various time signatures. Though his songs are imbued with his Christian faith, he has repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music.[2][3][4]



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The Greatest Gift
The Greatest Gift is an album by musical artist Sufjan Stevens, released on November 24, 2017.
John My Beloved
John My Beloved is a song by musical artist Sufjan Stevens, released on October 27, 2017.
Wallowa Lake Monster
Wallowa Lake Monster is a song by musical artist Sufjan Stevens, released on October 12, 2017.
Planetarium is a collaborative album inspired by the Solar System, featuring Bryce Dessner of the American indie rock band The National, drummer James McAlister, American contemporary classical music composer and arranger Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens.

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First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'The Greatest Gift'
  –  November 21, 2017
A timeless yet specific reflection on empathy and loss, Sufjan Stevens' 2015 album Carrie & Lowell stripped away many of the singer's flourishes to reveal something barren and reverent, compassionate and utterly human. Writing in the wake of his mother's ...
Sufjan Stevens: The Greatest Gift review – upbeat return to whimsical ways
  –  November 23, 2017
Sufjan Stevens’ 2015 album Carrie & Lowell, a reflection on the death of his mother, was one of that year’s best, as the Michigan musician returned to the delicate, poignant folk that made his name. This companion piece features four songs left off the ...
First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'The Greatest Gift'
  –  November 21, 2017
A timeless yet specific reflection on empathy and loss, Sufjan Stevens' 2015 album Carrie & Lowell stripped ... a way to exceed the ambition expected of it — the calling card of a musician who approaches everything he touches with a full and generous ...
The unpredictable enigma of Sufjan Stevens
  –  November 8, 2017
Besides the three songs by Stevens, the soundtrack, hand-picked by Guadagnino, includes tracks by the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto ... In a way the narrator became Sufjan Stevens with his new songs, made contemporary.... I felt Sufjan’s lyricism ...
Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Planetarium’ Charts a God-Sustained Cosmos
  –  August 31, 2017
Perhaps one of the best is the musician Sufjan Stevens, whose instrumentation draws from folk, electronica, and classical, and whose lyrics involve a deep explication of Greek myth, personal existence, local geography and history, and Christian theology.
Sufjan Stevens' New Music Video Is Sweet and Simple and Good
  –  November 23, 2017
Ahead of the official release of his mixtape The Greatest Gift – Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell tomorrow (though it's currently streaming ahead of time via NPR), Sufjan Stevens has released a music video for the project's title track ...
Sufjan Stevens - The Greatest Gift
  –  November 20, 2017
Just when we all thought we were getting over the quiet devastation of Sufjan Stevens’ 2015 masterpiece Carrie & Lowell ... seeing our hero “facing the sun of my salvation” in a cheery folk music setting, while still leaving us with the kicker ...
Hear New Music by Sufjan Stevens and Ryuichi Sakamoto on the 'Call Me By Your Name' OST
  –  November 3, 2017
Sufjan Stevens has been milking his 2015 LP Carrie & Lowell with a follow-up live album and rarities collection, but he's now unveiled some totally fresh material in the form of a film score. Stevens contributed a handful of original songs to Luca ...

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