5.15.2006

Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche


The little secret behind the Illinois record is that it was originally conceived as a double album, culminating in a musical collage of nearly 50 songs. But as the project began to develop into an unwieldy epic, common sense weighed in—as did the opinions of others—and the project was cut in half. Sufjan gleaned 21 useable tracks from the abandoned material, including three alternate versions of Chicago. Some songs were in finished form, others were merely outlines, gesture drawings, or musical scribbles mumbled on a hand-held tape recorder. Most of the material required substantial editing, new arrangements or vocals. Much of the work was done at the end of 2005 or in January the following year. Sufjan invited many of the original Illinoisemakers to fill in the edges: drums, trumpet, a choir of singers. The centerpiece, of course, was the title track—The Avalanche—a song intended for the leading role on the Illinois album but eventually cut and placed as a bonus track on the vinyl release. At its best, The Avalanche is an exercise in form, revealing the working habits of one of the most productive songwriters today.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uggh! Of course I want to hear this but there are other states I'd like to see him move on to. I mean, really, Michigan? I can see the Tennessee album being interesting with gospel, blues and country. What about Hawaii, there could be interesting music culturally there?

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous you miss the point that he can take states that dont get that much praise and make them awesome.

10:11 AM  
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1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ugh...im assuming the lack of bandwidth thing is making me not be able to check out the avalanche. but anyway, i am patient...i just appreciate your willingness to share...much praise to you...thanks

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