Sufjan Stevens

Hey, America! It’s pretty OK sometimes! After about a year of constant political nail-biting, after daily visits to FiveThirtyEight became the only calming ritual keeping us in touch with our sanity, we’re finally ready to say that we don’t live in a country full of bloodthirsty Randian billionaires who want the rest of us to fight over table scraps and avuncular rape-apologist creeps. We still have those guys, but they overwhelmingly lost last night, and that’s enough to leave a whole mess of us feeling patriotic this morning.

Last night, Sufjan Stevens must’ve been feeling that particular vibe last night, since he chose the evening to post an orchestral, drawn-out, vaguely fractured, altogether wholehearted rendition of our national anthem. Listen to it below. And also, listen to his version of the Christmas carol “Angels We Have Heard On High” from his forthcoming seasonal-music EP box Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas.

(via Pitchfork)

Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas is out 11/13 on Asthmatic Kitty.

Comments (8)
  1. Um. Fantastic.

  2. Wow, that Christmas song just put me in a good mood. Hurry up December.

  3. thanks Suf, I forgot it can still be cool to be patriotic sometimes

  4. Um, Sufjan do you date me?

  5. It would have been hilarious/awesome to see him perform this at political rallies.

  6. Did someone manage to listen to the Christmas song without smiling all along?

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