Sufjan Stevens Revisits 'Illinois'
Singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens has culled 21 pieces of music originally recorded during sessions for his 2005 album, "Illinois," for the new release "The Avalanche."Singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens has culled 21 pieces of music originally recorded during sessions for his 2005 album, "Illinois," for the new release "The Avalanche." The set will arrive July 25 via Stevens' own Asthmatic Kitty label.
Among the material here is demos, musical interludes, instrumentals and complete songs, many of which required "substantial editing, new arrangements or vocals," according to the label. Backing is provided by many of the same musicians who performed on "Illinois," including vocalists Rosie Thomas, Shara Worden and Katrina Kerns, drummer James McAlister and trumpet player Craig Montoro.
"Almost every song" on "The Avalanche" is rooted in an earlier "Illinois" track, including three different versions of "Chicago." The new title track was intended to appear on "Illinois" but ultimately wound up as a bonus track on the vinyl edition of the album.
"Illinois" recently won the first New Pantheon Award, which recognizes significant albums that have sold less than 500,000 copies in the United States.
Here is the track list for "The Avalanche":
"Dear Mr. Supercomputer"
"The Vivian Girls Are Visited in the Night by Saint Dargarius and His Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies"
"Chicago" (Acoustic Version)
"The Henney Buggy Band"
"Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair"
"The Mistress Witch From McClure (Or, The Mind That Knows Itself)"
"Chicago" (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version)
"Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne"
"No Man's Land"
"The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake"
"The Perpetual Self, or 'What Would Saul Alinsky Do?'"
"For Clyde Tombaugh"
"Chicago" (Multiple Personality Disorder Version)
"The Undivided Self (For Eppie and Popo)"