New Music Tuesday: Sufjan Stevens

We all know that Sufjan Stevens can be kind of, well, weird.  But I guess that’s a relatively loose statement.  I mean, what do we consider weird? The fact that his music is appealing to the ear, but not in the same way as, say, Kanye West or John Mayer? I guess a more appropriate term would be unique.  He’s unique because he creates music outside of the formula.  He continually recreates the equation, not only in relation to the music industry but to his own style.  You have to respect an artist that takes risks.  Especially in an age where the formula is what’s proven to make the money.  Sufjan Stevens is part of the revolution.

I first heard about Sufjan Stevens upon the announcement of his 50 states project.  For those of you that aren’t familiar, the goal was to write an entire album of region-specific songs for each of the 50 states.  It was a grand idea, but with only Michigan and Illinois complete, one can only speculate as to whether or not the project will ever see the end.  But regardless of whether or not he makes it to your state, he’s still creating new music for all, as is apparent with his latest release The Age of Adz.

This album is definitely different than his previous releases, but still very Sufjan.  You’ll still hear the guitar, horns, strings, synthesizers and random strange noises.  But themes are a little more wildly spread out throughout the album to take you through many different moods in a single listening session.

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Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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