By Andrew Hunter
Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens isn’t really something I’d go for but enough people kept talking about it and played me some stuff so I decided to check it out. Although it does sound like the soundtrack to a indie film at The Sundance film festival, with it’s mellow, deep, whispered lyrics that need a few listens to fully understand or maybe never fully understand.
Carrie and Lowell, titled after his mother and stepfather, it says a lot about his relationship with his mother “when I was three, three maybe four she left us at that video store” it’s a deeply personal voyage with Sufjan. It’s largely about aspects of his relationship with his mother and step father, but touches on religion, death, mythology. The album is subtle and sparse with it’s instrumentation, nothing is forced upon you- it mixes and blends sounds that creates the atmospheric, quiet undercurrent that makes this album so good.
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