This week has been seemingly endless, I find myself crawling into the weekend with just one desire...to sleep in tomorrow. It seems as though my energy has been completely drained since Lollapalooza only checking out a couple shows and being a bad contributor not able to muster up anything interesting to write about. Much to my pleasant surprise late this morning I was welcomed with exciting news the highly elusive (at least in recent years) Sufjan Stevens had made an EP of new material ready to download.
Stevens' last proper release was way back in 2005 when he still had in mind to soundtrack all 50 states. In those five long years the Detroit native flexed his creative muscles both as a producer and composer. Fans have had tiny tidbits thrown at them sporadically in the form of Christmas tunes and his surreal sounding audio symphony paying homage to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
Fast forward to present day, All Delighted People is an eight song EP returning with the hyper intensified cinematic title track clocking in nearly 12 minutes with Stevens singing joyous melodies of his more elated disposition on life. In a truly artistic fashion Sufjan is able to touch upon any sort of subject matter merging a variety of musical influences and styles spanning generations of music. Two versions of “All Delighted People” allows him to break down the song musically rebuilding in two completely different fashions exhibiting a never ending desire to further his musical investigations and ability to produce an avant-garde rehashing while simultaneously saluting an alternate genre of music. My idealistic hope is this is just a breath of what is about to be unleashed..fingers crossed.