Sufjan Stevens Streams New Album, 'Carrie & Lowell'

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Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens' eagerly anticipated return to folk music, Carrie & Lowell, is now streaming in full, ahead of its Mar. 31 official release on Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty Records. Pop over to NPR to hear the full album.



Stevens' first album since 2010's The Age of Adz veers away from that project's grandiose experimentalism and returns the singer-songwriter to the hushed spirituality of 2004's Seven Swans. The title Carrie & Lowell refers to Stevens' mother and stepfather; the 39-year-old's mother passed away in 2012.

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Prior to the album release, Stevens shared "No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross," "Should Have Known Better" and the title track from the LP. Laura Viers, S. Carey and Nedelle Torrisi are among the collaborators on the album.

Stevens' tour of North America supporting Carrie & Lowell kicks off on Apr. 9 in Philadelphia. Cold Specks, Little Scream, Moses Sumney and Helado Negro are among the rotating cast of openers on the sprawling spring trek.

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