Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension (2xLP Vinyl)

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Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter currently living in New York City. A preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Sufjan released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson. In March 2015, Sufjan released Carrie & Lowell.

I've never been a huge Sufjan Stevens fanatic but that might change in the future, because, unlike many of the people here, this album just really gets me in a very emotional way. It feels like a shelter or a shield, protecting me from the shitstorm of the outside world that's affecting me/us even when closing it out the most in the pandemic era. Probably for the first time, I hear some anger and disappointment in Sufjan's words, and I can absolutely relate to him, even if his voice is more distant than ever, very airy and a bit autotuned, even if he doesn't want to play video games (which is sad but he sings it with some catchy hooks so I forgive him). Meanwhile, all the soft electronic/glitchy sounds, the lyrics and the performance are very comforting and touching. Just a perfect escapist record to me, reflecting to some of the things happening right now and shutting them out at the same time.

By: daysight

A1 Make Me An Offer I Cannot Refuse
A2 Run Away With Me
A3 Video Game
A4 Lamentations
A5 Tell Me You Love Me
B6 Die Happy
B7 Ativan
B8 Ursa Major
B9 Landslide
C10 Gilgamesh
C11 Death Star
C12 Goodbye To All That
C13 Sugar
D14 The Ascension
D15 America

Standard black vinyl edition issued with 16-page booklet of original drawings by Sufjan Stevens, download card and printed inner sleeves.
Packaged in a gatefold sleeve.