February 04, 2004
Seven Swans A Leaking

When I finally listened to Sufjan Stevens' Greetings From Michigan:The Great Lakes State last month, I realized that the Neutral Milk Hotel comparisons didn't do the man justice. The lush orchestration alone makes this record stand out.

If you can't wait for his next release, Seven Swans to be released March 16th, look for it on your favorite filesharing service for a preview.

Some Sufjan Stevens to make your day more pleasant:
Holland from Michigan:The Great Lakes State (mp3)
Outtakes from Michigan:The Great Lakes State (mp3)
Year Of The Tiger, from Enjoy Your Rabbit (mp3)
A Winner Needs A Wand, from A Sun Came (mp3)
Demetrius, from A Sun Came (mp3)

Posted by david on February 04, 2004
Comments

i've been wanting to pick up this CD for the last 6 months... i promise this will be the next disc i buy.

Posted by: janelle on February 4, 2004 09:41 AM

Who has been comparing him to NMH? You're the first person I've heard do so.

Posted by: troy steele on February 4, 2004 11:45 AM

I saw that in a review somewhere... I'll dig up the link.

Posted by: david on February 4, 2004 01:33 PM

A solid and timely choice, sir. Mr Sufjan Stevens is travelling to play here in England next week and I was hoping to hear some of his stuff before I bought tickets. Thanks.

Posted by: Matthew on February 4, 2004 03:49 PM

this is such a great recommendation. i've been listening to sufjan since back when he was a still hope college student in a little band called marzuki. his music is beautiful, surprising, and original. you can't ask for much more than that.

by the way, i have to mention his old bandmate, shannon stephens, while i have the chance. she's put out an EP and a full album, both of which sufjan had a hand in making. she has a beautiful voice, and writes some damn good lyrics. although she hasn't put anything out since 2000 or so, her music is definitely worth a listen.

Posted by: erika on February 8, 2004 02:59 PM

also, I should mention, sufjan arranged and produced Liz Janes record. Liz provides the pipes, sufjan provides the parts.

Posted by: dutchko on February 27, 2004 11:40 AM
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