And just in case you were wondering, there is a cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
My Favorite Songs of 2015, Part 4: Noah, Pure Bathing Culture, RAIJ, The Soft Moon, Sufjan Stevens & U.S. Girls
Sleepy trip-hop, atmospheric indie-electronic, religious experimental folk, harrowing post-punk/EBM, mournful folk & experimental electronic rock.
Reading: Mad Max, The Declining Winter, The Flash, Poor Old Lu and The Prayer Chain, Dangerous Family Films & more
Also: The elitism of the current technology boom, ‘Daredevil,’ Sufjan Stevens and broken love, and biblical hermeneutics with Terrence Malick.
Stripped of his usual pomp, Sufjan’s latest explores his relationship with his troubled mother with grace, compassion, and brutal honesty.
Reading: “Chrindie” Music, Sufjan Stevens, Protecting Kids from Porn, Parks and Recreation, Coptic Martyrs, and more
Also: Jeffrey Overstreet discusses prayer songs, transhumanism as gnosticism, and more.
Reading: Slowdive’s Reunion, James Bond, Google+, Facts vs. Narratives in Journalism, Sweden’s Pop Legacy & More
Also: Christmas music, the Internet and our own sinfulness, Guardians of the Galaxy, and real life superheroes.
A wedge of indie artists come together to cover Sufjan’s classic folk/worship album, with all proceeds going to a cancer charity.
“All Delighted People” contains some of the most ambitious music Sufjan has recorded to date, but it’s still just as heartfelt and poignant as ever.