Tag Archives: Sufjan Stevens

Top albums of 2013: 2

Overview | Part 1 | Part 3 | Mentions | Longlist The Knife – Shaking the Habitual In a time when social inequality is widening, it’s depressing that indie music is so lacking in protest. By explicitly challenging the status quo on matters of the … Continue reading

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Pitchfork People’s List

I know, I know. My contribution into the “readers’ favourite albums of the P4k age” poll isn’t worthy of its own blog entry. But something had to break the 3 1/2 month writing silence. I used to like making these … Continue reading

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DM Stith – Apollo, Manchester – 19 May 2011

It was the bill topping Sufjan Stevens whose technicolour set owned the night, but support act DM Stith’s modest sound world made inroads too. The son of a musical family in New York, Stith can be most basically (and not … Continue reading

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Sufjan Stevens – Apollo, Manchester – 19 May 2011

When he released last year’s radical album The Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens reinforced his longstanding creative distance from most of his peers. In the wake of a mysterious nervous illness, he was inspired to write again by the late … Continue reading

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Albums of 2010: 10-1

10. Owen Pallett – Heartland By no means the only concept album in the top 10, Pallett’s first release since dropping the Final Fantasy name is a series of monologues by Lewis, an ultra-violent farmer subservient to a creator: Pallett … Continue reading

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The Playlist, pt. 11: Christmas edition

Listen on: Spotify / we7* In a festive final entry of 2010, the Playlist signs off with a bunch of songs dedicated to the season. It’s an alternative selection, without Slade, Wizzard or McCartney (and the only Stevens in the … Continue reading

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The Playlist, pt. 8

Listen on: Spotify / we7* 44. PJ Harvey – ‘Broken Harp’ Taken from the piano-and-wailing White Chalk, ‘Broken Harp’ marks a clean break from Polly Jean’s previous tough rock anthems. She arrives at a more ragged compositional style and deliberately … Continue reading

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