New Sufjan Stevens – “Free Man In Paris” (Joni Mitchell Cover)

A dazzling cadre of our favorite artists have been assembled for the “first major US tribute album” to the illustrious Joni; we told ya about it earlier this year, but now we have a little audio to accompany our salivation. Having Soof tackle “Free Man In Paris” is a logical choice for the tune’s groove-shifts and opportunities for brass fanfare, though he essentially Sufjanizes the track top to bottom, while paying loose respect to the chord contours and the Joni’s spirit. Hear it at Hype. The rest of the collection features turns from Björk, Brad Mehldau, Prince, and Elvis Costello. We sorta adore Prince’s “A Case Of You” — or, as we would have titled it, “A Case Of U.” Tracklist after the jump.

01 “Free Man in Paris” – Sufjan Stevens
02 “Boho Dance” – Björk
03 “Dreamland” – Caetano Veloso
04 “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow” – Brad Mehldau
05 “For the Roses” – Cassandra Wilson
06 “A Case Of U” – Prince
07 “Blue” – Sarah McLachlan
08 “Ladies of the Canyon” – Annie Lennox
09 “Magdalena Laundries” – Emmylou Harris
10 “Edith and the Kingpin” – Elvis Costello
11 “Help Me” – k.d. lang
12 “River” – James Taylor

A Tribute To Joni Mitchell is out 4/24 on Nonesuch.