After releasing The BQE last year, Sufjan Stevens indicated that he might be giving up on recording and releasing another album. Thankfully, it appears that he’s regained some of his confidence: Pitchfork reports that he’s currently working on a new album with The National.
[T]he National’s Bryce Dessner, a friend of Sufjan, tells Exclaim! that Sufjan is at work on that elusive new album right now. According to Dessner, Stevens is recording the album at the National’s Brooklyn studio.
Dessner says, “We’ve played on some of the tracks and been listening to some of the stuff as he’s been working on it.” He added, “It’s going to be incredible. It’s going to probably blow people’s minds.”
Dessner says that the new material won’t sound like the Sufjan of yore, but I’m sure the dulcet tones of the banjo will make an appearance and that there will be at least one or two Steve Reich-isms.
You can read the original Exclaim! article that Pitchfork references here.