New Sufjan, It’s A Christmas Miracle!

Last year Sufjan Stevens held that Xmas Xchange. Previously, he released plenty of Holiday albums for your consumption. Even when he didn’t put up those holiday songs for sale, he was still recording new Christmas albums and making them available to his friends. This year, one of his less scrupulous recipients leaked it to the web (you’d better check that list twice, Suf).

The collection’s called Songs For Christmas Volume 8: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage (that’s the cover up there) and includes seven tracks that can all be found with their respective album art at So This Is What The Volume Knob’s For. “Christmas In The Room” will excite fans of quiet, introspective Sufjan: “No travel plans, no shopping malls, no candy canes or Santa class / for as the day of rest draws near, it’s just the two of us this year,” etc. (and that “etc.” includes a message). The 13-minute closer is one for the folks into the orchestral (as well as weeping guitars). There’s also a pretty “Joy To The World,” but pay special attention to the synth cheese of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” and the robotic Christmas of “Good King Wenceslas,” which incidentally is also available on the free comp A Familyre Christmas Vol. 2. Maybe Stevens has an 808’s & Hearbreak in his future.

Sufjan Stevens – “Good King Wenceslas” (MP3)