Sufjan Stevens: "I'm at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone"

Sufjan Stevens: "I'm at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone"
Sufjan Stevens fans have been waiting an awfully long time for a follow-up to his now legendary 2004 work Illinois. Despite the odd rare tracks leaking to the interweb like "There's Too Much Love" (see below) and his upcoming BQE project, very little new material has come to fruition from the beloved indie rock composer. And, according to a quote from his own mouth, that's the way he intends it to be.

"I'm at a point where I no longer have a deep desire to share my music with anyone, having spent many years imparting my songs to the public," Stevens said in a recent interview on the Asthmatic Kitty website. "Although I have great respect for the social dynamic of music - that it should be shared with others, that it brings people together - I now feel something personal is irrevocably lost in this process. Now, while I refuse to act wholly on this impulse (I refuse to take my audience for granted in spite of my mood), I'm still trying to find the value of the song in private."

Whatever that means in terms of Stevens's future as a songwriter, it looks as if his ambitious 50 States project may come up 48 States short.

Thanks to TwentyFourBit for the tip.