Sufjan announces new album, “The Age of Adz”

The day has come! Put down your worn-out copy of Illinois and get ready for The Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens’ LOOOONG awaited new (song-based) album. On the heels of the mysteriously surprising All Delighted People EP last week, Sufjan has announced the release of the new album (pronounced The Age Of Odds) officially due out October 12 on Asthmatic Kitty (if you preorder you can get an MP3 download as soon at September 28). But if you’re expecting more banjo/tambourine/cry your eyes out music, guess again.

From the label:

“We can say it shows an extensive use of electronics (banjos and acoustic guitars give way to drum machines and analog synthesizers), and an obsession with cosmic fantasies (space, heaven, aliens, love), to create an explicit pop-song extravaganza, augmented by heavy orchestration, and maybe even a few danceable moments. Enjoy Your Rabbit meets the BQE. But with songs. Verse, chorus, bridge, backbeat. Gated reverb. Space echo. Get your boogey on.”

They also say the “Adz” of the title refers to the apocalyptic paintings of artist Royal Robertson, whose work will be used for the cover and inside art. Does this mean we’re dropping the state theme in exchange for an apocalyptic album? Not necessarily. According to Asthmatic Kitty, the album is not built around any kind of “conceptual underpinning.” So Sufjan’s new thing is just that he doesn’t have a new thing. Bold move, friend. Bold move.

The Age of Adz 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

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