I Thought I Knew Sufjan Stevens. Then There Was ‘Carrie and Lowell’.

Carrie and Lowell (2015)

Carrie and Lowell (2015). Courtesy of Sufjan Stevens

I thought I knew Sufjan Stevens. A genius of arrangement, a composer full of orchestral ideas and musical surprises, there was already a reason to get excited about each release of his recordings.

And then it happened: He released Carrie and Lowell, a totally personal and almost indecent list of songs, simple just on foam of the wave, arranged like you hide. Eleven songs inspired by Sujan’s very moving youth and the death of his mother, recorded at his home or with a phone. Eleven art masterpieces.

Since hearing it, I have been obsessed by this album, which contains the strongest emotional songs I’ve heard in a very long time. Each time I’m in New York, Im happy to be in the town where he lives and composes music.

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I Thought I Knew Sufjan Stevens. Then There Was ‘Carrie and Lowell’.