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Sufjan Stevens EP Released Today

Sufjan Stevens, a major crush and favorite artist of mine, released an EP today. It’s called All Delighted People, and unless I’m completely out of the loop, I don’t believe anybody had any idea that this was coming our way. Here’s an official write-up about the music:

All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?).

On a day that already planned to be giving the Sunset masses some great music, I think this qualifies as the double rainbow. Thank you very much, dear Sufjan. Stream the album below and head over to his bandcamp site to buy the album for a mere $5.

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