Published Aug 20, 2010In Exclaim's recent interview with the National's Bryce Dessner, he revealed that Sufjan Stevens had been working on a new album, so it wasn't much of a surprise when Stevens booked a North American tour just a few weeks later. Sufjan, it seems, has more tricks up his sleeve: today (August 20), he announced the release of an EP of brand new, studio-recorded music available for download right now.
Stevens's label, Asthmatic Kitty, excitedly announced the EP, titled All Delighted People, this morning, pointing to "up-and-coming-indie-DIY website" Bandcamp as the site where you can download the digital release.
The 60-minute, eight-track All Delighted People is centred upon two versions of Stevens's epic song of the same name, which is, according to his label, "a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon's 'Sounds of Silence.'" The EP also features live staple "The Owl and the Tanager" and the 17-minute "Djohariah," which is described as a "guitar jam for single mothers."
The EP was previewed on Stevens's fall 2009 North American tour, but we're betting we'll hear fuller, more complete versions on the series of tour dates below.
The EP is available as a download here right now for $5, or you could just stream it and wait for the planned CD and double-LP release of the EP later in 2010. Or you could do both.
The EP tracklist is below, followed by Stevens's upcoming North American tour dates. If you're planning on going, we'd suggest grabbing some tickets, pronto.
All Delighted People EP:
1. "All Delighted People (Original Version)"
2. "Enchanting Ghost"
4. "From The Mouth of Gabriel"
5. "The Owl and the Tanager"
6. "All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)"
10/12 Montreal, QC - Metropolis Theater
10/13 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
10/14 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
10/15 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
10/16 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater
10/17 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
10/19 Austin, TX - Uptown Theater
10/20 Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
10/22 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center â Ikeda Theater
10/23 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10/26 Oakland, CA - The Paramount Theater
10/28 Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theater
10/29 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/30 Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre
11/1 Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
11/2 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
11/5 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
11/6 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
11/7 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
11/10 Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center
11/11 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/14 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11/15 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre