Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

Later this month, Sufjan Stevens will release Carrie & Lowell, an album named after his mother and stepfather and inspired, in part, by his mother’s death. Musically, the album returns Stevens to the placid, crystalline folk of his Seven Swans days, leaving behind the maximalist pop experiments of his last few years. And even though we’ve already heard the perfectly lovely “No Shade In The Cross” and “Should’ve Known Better,” the album’s title track might be the best example of Stevens in full acoustic-sigh mode. It’s a quavering, delicate gem of a song, and it debuted today on BBC’s 6Music. As Consequence Of Sound points out, you can hear it by heading to this site and skipping to the 33:00 mark.

Carrie & Lowell is out 3/31 via Asthmatic Kitty.