Multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens has announced that he will release a live recording of his 2015 album, ‘Carrie and Lowell’.
On Monday, Stevens announced on his official website: “Today is Lowell’s birthday! As a gift to Lowell (and the rest of the world), I’ve decided to release Carrie & Lowell Live, which will include our complete set from November 9, 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina. If you missed the show, don’t worry—we will bring it to you!”
“Release date is set for April 28, 2017. Full video of the show will be available on YouTube and Vimeo, and audio will be available for streaming and download on all reasonable platforms. More info, set list, etc. available at Asthmatic Kitty. Can’t wait for you to see it. Happy Birthday Lowell.”
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Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Stevens learned a variety of instruments, including oboe and French horn while at school, and recorded his first record, ‘A Sun Came’ while still at college. His ensuing fifteen year career has seen him dabble in the genres of folk, lo-fi, electronica and avant-garde music, all infused with hints of spirituality. Following the death of Stevens’ mother Carrie from stomach cancer in 2012, Stevens focused his seventh album, ‘Carrie and Lowell’ on her memory, and their complicated relationship, as well as her relationship with Stevens’ stepfather, Lowell. The album, a return to the minimalist, lo-fi folk sound which had characterised Stevens’ early career, blended an exploration of grief with a deep examination of the woman who had abandoned the young Stevens aged one, and has been described by Stevens as his hardest album to write.
‘Carrie and Lowell’ was critically lauded, and has frequently been cited as Stevens’ best work and amongst the best albums of 2015, if not the decade. Entertainment Weekly described the record as a ‘hauntingly beautiful bummer’, whilst NME called it Stevens’, ‘most fat free and consistently stunning record’. Numerous publications, along with retailer HMV cited, ‘Carrie and Lowell’ as Album of the Year.
The live version of ‘Carrie and Lowell’ will be released on April 28th via Asthmatic Kitty.