SUFJAN STEVENS SHARES NEW TRACK ‘WALLOWA LAKE MONSTER’
TAKEN FROM THE GREATEST GIFT MIXTAPE, OUT NOVEMBER 24 VIA ASTHMATIC KITTY
Listen to ‘Wallowa Lake Monster’ here:
Sufjan Stevens has shared ‘Wallowa Lake Monster’, a new track taken from his forthcoming The Greatest Gift mixtape.
The Greatest Gift is a mixtape of outtakes, demos and remixes from Sufjan’s critically acclaimed 2015 album Carrie & Lowell (#2 ‘Album of the Year’ from The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit and The Daily Telegraph) . As well as demos and alternate versions of songs from the original album, the mixtape features four previously unreleased new songs, “official” outtakes from Carrie & Lowell (they were recorded at the same time as the album). These include ‘Wallowa Lake Monster’, as well as ‘The Hidden River of My Life’, ‘City of Roses’, and ‘The Greatest Gift’. This new material, in its investigation of love, life, death, God, and the beautiful state of Oregon, serves as a contemplative companion to the original album.
Additionally, much as Carry & Lowell Live, released earlier this year, featured re-interpretations of the songs from Carrie & Lowell, the mixtape unveils new remixes by several longstanding collaborators: Roberto C. Lange (aka Helado Negro) remixes both ‘Death With Dignity’ and ‘All Of Me Wants All Of You’; Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) remixes ‘Exploding Whale’, a song previously only available as a 7-inch single; and James McAlister (aka 900X) remixes ‘Fourth of July’. The album also features Sufjan’s own remix of ‘Drawn to the Blood’.
The mixtape also includes a few alternate and/or demo versions of songs from the original album, including a “fingerpicking” version of ‘Drawn to the Blood’, and a guitar demo version of ‘John My Beloved’, which Sufjan recorded on his phone. The digital release also contains an iPhone demo of the song ‘Carrie & Lowell’. We hope you enjoy.
The release is available digitally, on yellow cassette and translucent yellow vinyl on 24 November.
Praise for Carrie & Lowell:
‘Album of the Month’ 4/5 Mojo
“Stevens is one of the most remarkable talents of our time. Unquestionably his finest album to date”
“At every turn [Stevens] unfolds the fists of self-pity into upturned palms of generosity”
5/5 ‘Album of the Week’ Daily Telegraph
“This whispered, exquisite collection is so fragile that you daren’t open a window in case it blows away forever”
5/5 Evening Standard
“A musical and emotionally cathartic triumph”
10/10 Loud & Quiet
“A stark, sublime immersion in intimate memory”
“[Stevens] spools out his genius as casually as breathing”
“The overall gentle, delicate texture of Carrie & Lowell is like a gossamer shroud of solace cast over a period of deep confliction”
4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The Independent
‘Album of the Week’ The Observer
“It’s a quietly astonishing album”
“This breathtaking record might just be the one to capture your heart forever”
‘Record of the Month’ London in Stereo
‘4/5’ Time Out
“By going through it all, by exposing all the pain, Sufjan’s created something beautiful and vital”
“A beautiful album of unfaltering rawness”
“A sparse, beautiful and gut-wrenching album”
5/5 The Arts Desk
8.5/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit