New Sufjan Stevens – “You Are The Blood”

Today’s Dark Was The Night track comes to us from a guy named Sufjan Stevens. It’s a cover of the Castanets’ “You Are The Blood,” originally on Ray & rotating Co’s 2004 album Cathedral (keeping it in the Asthmatic Kitty family, see). For his updated take, Stevens replaces the original’s minimal gothic atmospherics with crazed keyboarding, carnival percussion, high-pitched vocalisms, and layers of general instrumental zaniness until a soft, Sufjan-y return. Take a listen. It sounds like he decided to put every piece of equipment in his studio to use.

Dark Was The Night is out 2/17 via 4AD.