Sufjan Stevens captured popular attention with the release of his best-selling album Illinoise, largely based on the beautiful attraction of "Chicago." And as good as that song is, the entire album, with its hefty collection of 22 tracks (many of which have very long titles), was a brilliant work of music and lyrics. Don't believe me? Go and check out those tracks and their super-long titles for yourself.
Since Illinoise, released in 2005, Sufjan Stevens (pronounced Soof Yahn) released only one other album (aside from another Christmas set and an EP). That album was The Age of Adz from 2010 (listen to "Futile Devices" from this album below). Like its predecessor, it offered a satisfying collection of art-pop rock over its ten tracks.
With an apparent adherence to a five-year timetable, Sufjan Stevens will release his newest album, Carrie & Lowell on March 31 (March 30 in the EU). Carrie & Lowell will offer 11 new tracks.
Carrie & Lowell will be released in CD and vinyl LP formats on Stevens' own label, Asthmatic Kitty, which handles the music of several other artists, including the brilliantly talented sister duo, Lily & Madeleine. The vinyl offerings are one in clear vinyl and one in standard black. Please note, however, that the clear vinyl has sold out on Asthmatic Kitty's site store. With a limited release, it may still be possible to acquire a clear vinyl LP via other sources should you want one.