Sufjan Stevens will be returning to Sydney in May 2012 for VIVID - Sydney's festival of music, light and ideas. This will be Sufjan's 3rd visit to our friendly shores for a special commission of a new work with Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly. He has been to Sydney twice previously (2008 and 2011) for the Sydney Festival. I saw him in 2008 and it was magical. I also saw him twice in London in 2005 and 2006. To say I am a Sufjan superfan would be an understatement.
He is one of my favourite artists and I really became aware of him when he released his 'Come and Feel the Illinoise' album in 2005. The album was inspired and based on the American state of the same name and the 2nd in a series of albums on all 50 states of USA. Sufjan has since acknowledged that this series of albums not likely to be completed. He has since released an album inspired by the Brooklyn Express Way - 'The BQE' (2009) and 'The Age of Adz' (2010).
I am a fan of Sufjan as he writes beautiful songs, is a true artist and lets be honest here, he is very easy on eyes. If he wants to make an album about an express way, he does. If he wants to release a Christmas album he will. If he wants to wear wings on stage, no-one is going to stop him! I will definitely be going to see his show in May as part of VIVID.
1. “Museum Day”
2. “Beyond Any Doubt”
3. “If This Is Real”
You can pre-order this EP here.
Sufjan Stevens releases music on his own label - Asthmatic Kitty. You can find out more about Sufjan, tour dates, buy merch and so on via the label website.