Sisyphus – Self-Titled

This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.

Sufjan Stevens – “Take Me”

With “Take Me,” Sufjan Stevens intimates that even his unused demos are wholly worthwhile. Stevens shared the “repetitive lo-fi pop” song to his Tumblr Ghetto Soundcloud page upon happening across it on a hard drive under his desk. He went on to describe it with a  couple of sly quadruple negatives: “It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.” Give it a listen above; the “stay positive” part should come naturally!

Sufjan Stevens- Silver & Gold



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Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz ‡ REVIEW

Stream: Sufjan Stevens- I Walked

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?

The Needle Drop: 08-28-10 ‡ PODCAST

On this week’s the Needle Drop, music from Sufjan Stevens’ new EP, All Delighted People: A lush, and horn-heavy tease toward his forthcoming album.

We also spin some new remixes, and look forward to some upcoming releases from Blonde Redhead and Sharon Van Etten.

The Needle Drop 08-28-10 (link)

Blonde Redhead- Not Getting There
Blonde Redhead- Here Sometimes
Small Black- Photojournalist
(Remixed by Star Slinger)
Sleigh Bells- Run the Heart (Remixed by Bassnectar)
Tycho- From Home
(Remixed by Mux Mool)

Sufjan Stevens- All Delighted People EP ‡ REVIEW

Stream tracks: Sufjan Bandcamp