Sufjan Stevens Records Instrumental Album with Stepdad and the National's Bryce Dessner

Sufjan Stevens Records Instrumental Album with Stepdad and the National's Bryce Dessner
While he says he has no desire to share his music with anyone, beloved songwriter Sufjan Stevens has whipped up a new album for the Asthmatic Kitty imprint. But rather than put out another album of city-based chamber pop songs, the musician has collaborated on an instrumental album for the label's Library Catalog offshoot, a collection of ambient records "designed for soundtracks, whether it be for your life or licensing."

The album is called Music for Insomnia, and sees Stevens collaborating heavily with his stepfather Lowell Brams, to whom the album is credited. According to a press release, the pair utilize "harmonium, little casio, little Korg, big Prophet, prepared piano, unprepared piano, acoustic and electric guitars, autoharp, drums, bass, reedless woodwinds, bells, shakers, tambourine, hair, duct tape, and keys" on the album. The National's Bryce Dessner also adds guitar to one track.

Music for Insomnia is due out on vinyl and online on December 8.

Music for Insomnia:

1. "Chattering Garden Trolls"

2. "Alpha to Theta"

3. "Short Circadian Partita"

4. "Hypnagogic Hallucination"

5. "Melatonin Lullaby"

6. "Horse Spindles"

7. "Dream About Vince Guaraldi"

8. "A Cross Section of Clown Mountain"