Sufjan Stevens "Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)" / "Silent Night" (ft. the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner)

Sufjan Stevens "Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)" / "Silent Night" (ft. the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner)
In addition to recording a succession of Christmas albums, rumour has it that Sufjan Stevens teamed up with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National to record a Christmas EP. We say "rumour" because the recordings had yet to emerge, despite being created a few years ago. Now, we finally have a pair of tracks from that Christmas collection.

While on BBC 6 Mix, the Dessner brothers unveiled two of their collaborative tracks with Sufjan: a cover of "Silent Night" and an original, "Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)." The songs were recorded in Aaron's attic in Brooklyn, NY, and the results are sombre and reverent, just like you would expect from Sufjan and members of the National.

Take a listen to the songs embedded below, courtesy of Hypetrak/Consequence of Sound.

Sufjan Stevens - Silent Night by Hypetrak

Sufjan Stevens - Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree) by Hypetrak