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Sufjan Stevens Promises Return to ‘Folk Roots’ on New Album

'Carrie & Lowell' is set for a March 31 release date

After releasing copious amounts of Christmas music, working on experimental side projects, and scoring a rodeo documentary, folk multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens has revealed that he’s going to release his first real album in five years. Carrie & Lowell, named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather, is said to be a return to his “folk roots” after the more outlandish and out-there The Age of Adz and The BQE, according to a press release.

The album is described as a reflection on “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.” Asthmatic Kitty released a trailer to go along with the announcement, and the song snippet’s delicate vocals and layered acoustics seem to indicate a return to Stevens’ Illinois form — as do the faded countryside visuals. While it’s increasingly clear that we’re never gonna finish up Steven’s mythic “Fifty States” project/joke, Carrie & Lowell sounds good so far, and is set to come out March 31. Check out the album art and surprisingly not esoteric list of track names below.

Carrie & Lowell track list:
1. “Death With Dignity”
2. “Should Have Known Better”
3. “All Of Me Wants All Of You”
4. “Drawn To The Blood”
5. “Fourth Of July”
6. “The Only Thing”
7. “Carrie & Lowell”
8. “Eugene”
9. “John My Beloved”
10. “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
11. “Blue Bucket Of Gold”