Sufjan Stevens The Age Of Adz Album Art

So it’s a double surprise. After going years without a new studio release, Sufjan Stevens dropped the All Delighted People EP on us on Friday. And today Asthmatic Kitty announced that a full-length record from Stevens, titled The Age Of Adz will be out October 12. It is, as they point out, his first LP in five years. As they also point out, “adz” is pronounced “odds.” And it’s the word for a cutting tool that is used to sculpt wood:

The title The Age of Adz is a reference to the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson (1930—1997), a Louisiana-based sign-maker (and self-proclaimed prophet) who suffered from schizophrenia. Robertson’s work depicts his vivid dreams and visions of space aliens, futuristic automobiles, eccentric monsters and signs of the Last Judgment. Portions of Stevens’ album use Robertson’s work as an idealistic springboard and a selection of Robertson’s drawings (his primary media were poster board, magic marker, and glitter) appear throughout the album art.

Despite the strong narrative and biography mentioned in the press release, Asthmatic Kitty also says that the new album will have fewer biographies, historical bits, place names, etc., in the songs. They note that The Age Of Adz will instead focus on “… the personal and primal: love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety and suicide …” Although one of Stevens’s gifts is that he’s always been able to mix the personal and the primal with sweeping histories, biographies, and road maps.

The Age Of Adz is out 10/12 via Asthmatic Kitty. Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Futile Devices”
02 “Too Much”
03 “Age of Adz”
04 “I Walked”
05 “Now That I’m Older”
06 “Get Real Get Right”
07 “Bad Communication”
08 “Vesuvius”
09 “All for Myself”
10 “I Want To Be Well”
11 “Impossible Soul”

Comments (34)
  1. Is the album with the National as his backing band?

  2. cant wait to see sufjan without a general concept album but also disappointed that there most likely won’t be an Ohio album;(

  3. Pretty Excited to Hear it, cant wait to see him
    That Said: PosterBoard, Marker, Glitter? Is this the primary medium of a Cheerleader, 8th Grader, or Post Apocalyptic Genius/Schizophrenic/Artist/Prophet?


  5. There is security in knowing that any lead headline I find on Pitchfork I can also find here.

    I think those youtube vids from last year had a cut or two that’s going to be included on this set. It definitely sounded super-electronic compared to the old stuff. Great to see Sufjan continue to add toys to the musical toolbox.

  6. 2010 is being kind of unfair. With all this excellent music being release 2011 doesn’t even stand a chance. Oh well. Hooray!

    • 2010 has been a dry-spell of music with the exception from like 3-5 bands…

      • wow really compared to last year this year is a haven for music,well then again every start of a decade is,but really i mean come on this is just 10 off the head Janelle Monae, Arcade Fire,Gorillaz,Big Boi,The National,Black Keys,Broken Social Scene and hate to say it vampire weekend were all at on the billboard top 10 some #1,at least in general good music is getting heard

      • Seriously?

  7. I’m looking forward to the electronic tracks.

  8. why no Majesty Snowbird?

  9. Impossible Soul is over 25 minutes long!!

  10. majesty snowbird is surprisingly missing from this album. might it mean even another EP-like release post Adz?

    • Just wait till next Friday. Next Friday Sufjan will announce a double album coming out in November called “The Majesty Snowbird Takes Flight and Saves a World of Worthless Men”, two hours of orchestrated folk ballads. And then the Friday after that is when they will announce the next five disk Christmas box set available in December. And then the following Friday after that is when he plans to announce that starting in January of 2011 he will be releaseing a state themed EP every month for the next 2 years.

      And seriously, would any of this even surprise us?

  11. I wonder how stylistically different this will be to All Delighted People? Sufjan is no stranger to releasing LPs with 20 plus tracks, so I would assume that the only reason for two separate releases would be to differentiate between two separate stylistic projects. The Royal Robertson “springboard” provides a thematic break, I wonder if that will be reflected in the music?

  12. When are the ballots for “worst album-cover of the year” due?

  13. surprised you guys didn’t know that you can stream it here.
    and it’s already for download on btjunkie..

  14. OK DISREGARD MY LAST COMMENT. totally was thinking of his release “All Delighted People”. is there a delete button on these things??

  15. Really high quality live video of three of the songs (two for sure):

    Age of Adz:

    Impossible Souls:

    There’s Too Much Love (Re-titled to Too Much?):

    These songs are a year old! Can’t wait to hear them on record though.

  16. If these are all the songs from his last tour, which I think they are, this will be the album of the year. Seriously, those songs were epic and beautiful and totally freaky fun.

    • Was about to say something similar. I’m re-listening to the live tracks s-gum posted from youtube last fall, and god damn I am so excited for this. I really love the whole electro-fusion jazz feel to a lot of it, and I’m glad to see Sufjan continue to reach out and expand his musical palette.

  17. Surprised none of the sites reporting on this are including any other quotes off the Asthmatic Kitty website. Namely, stuff like: “the new album sounds nothing like the All Delighted EP” and “it shows an extensive use of electronics” as well as “Enjoy Your Rabbit meets the BQE. But with songs.” They get a lot more descriptive, but seriously go read it. It gives you a pretty solid idea of what to expect.

  18. Awesome cover art. Can’t wait.

  19. This album is up on the bandcamp page now and you can listen to one of the tracks.

  20. Does anyone else see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with a Ronald McDonald wig on? Damn, now I can’t un-see it.

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