Published Mar 07, 2014Indie pop great Sufjan Stevens has teamed up with producer Son Lux and rapper Serengeti to form Sisyphus, who will release their self-titled debut on March 18 via Asthmatic Kitty. Rather than keep waiting, however, you can stream the whole thing now.
Speaking about the album on the Asthmatic Kitty site, Sufjan offered up a ton of humourous statements.
On their recording process he said the following:
The first EP was the Bastard Stepchild of Myspace and Pets.com. We did it all remotely. For this one, we decided to make everything together in the same room. And it was a very small room. Things got messy. There was a lot of Axe body spray and menthol cigarettes and red wine. The whole thing was done in three weeks total. Fast and furious. Geti kept saying what happens when the jams come on Spotify at the frat party? Are they singing at the hook, is the bass thumping, are the girls grinding? Lowest-case scenario. I mean, seriously, this is far from frat party music, it's still heady as shit, but that was our objective, to trust our impulse and make it fun, for whatever it's worth.
When asked about if there were any guests on the record, he said:
Like celebrity guests? Just make something up to generate press. Kendrick Lamar ghost wrote all the raps. Hudson Mohawke did the beats. Beyonce. Jay-Z. Janet Jackson, etc.
As for why they changed their name:
s/s/s started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp so we had to change it. We wanted a word with three S's and Sisyphus felt like a capable anti-hero—endless struggle, the human plague, the existential condition. We are all working towards nothing. Also, the apparent futility of this collaboration—a black rapper from Chicago, a white singer-songwriter from Detroit, and an arty producer with cool glasses, though I dunno where Ryan's from, Cleveland? We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other and we are pushing that stone together.
Check out Sisyphus in its entirety below.