Sufjan Stevens- “I Walked” ‡ MP3

Just last week, I gave Sufjan high praise for the release of All Delighted People. The release’s massive size, nice price, and extravagant instrumentation was the perfect formula for an 8/10.

Following this, Sufjan announced a forthcoming LP: the Age of Adz. It’s slated for an October release via Asthmatic Kitty, and you can download a track from it right here.

“I Walked” is a sedate drum machine ballad. It’s builds slowly, placing one thin layer of vocals over another until the song is a gargantuan choral group. The reverb is almost reminiscent of dub reggae; at first, I thought I was going to be in for something along the lines of Vampire Weekend’s “Diplomat’s Son.”

That assumption didn’t come into fruition, but the song didn’t end up any less impressive. Give a listen:

What did you think of this track? Are you looking forward to this new Sufjan LP? Will it meet your expectations? Allegedly, the rest of the album is supposed to follow a similar electronic approach. Does that make you worry? Get you excited, maybe? What state do you live in, and should Sufjan Stevens write an album about it?

  • Jack Braun

    Ive been waiting five years for “New Jersey: An Ode to the Turn Pike” to no avail

  • Harrison

    I think this new direction is awesome, actually. He was complaining about his work feeling stagnant, so I sort of was expecting a new direction. And if this is it, well, that makes me pretty happy. It’s a great song.

    I think it would be interesting if he handed off the 50 states project to other artists with deep attachments to other states. A series of fifty personal, epic records would be quite something.

  • Agustin Rayneli

    Shit, yeah reggae feel, but it has some synths that reminded me of kraftwerk, i dont know why…

  • Glow of the Cube

    for sure feelin this. hope this is a total change for him.

  • Luke Bronston

    I’m definatley loving this.

  • Rory

    I wasn’t expecting to like this song as much as I do after your review. I love the bass line in this. Its like losing a hand grip on a free climb. Not that I free climb or anything.

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