Sufjan Stevens is easily one of the most talented singer songwriters of this generation. That being said I’m not a huge fan of a lot of his work. It’s often a little slower and melancholy than I tend to prefer, but the beauty in it is undeniable.
One thing I find interesting about this song is it’s basically split right down the middle. At the 2:37 mark the tone shifts from sounding quiet and vulnerable to a much more hopeful sound with the introduction of an electronic keyboard which builds on with a persistent percussive beat and harmonies. This is a beautiful example of fantastic songwriting from an incredibly gifted artist.
I got the chance to see him live last year in support of his most recent album Carrie and Lowell and it was one of the most spectacular shows I’ve ever been to. His performance was flawless, and the lighting was absolutely incredible. I can not recommend a live performance of his strongly enough f you ever get the chance.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Last time I heard it: Yesterday while watching an episode of the Hulu original series Casual (which I would also recommend if you like your comedy with a bit of sadness or vice versa)