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July 21, 2009 / Ryan Cohick

Sufjan Stevens finally has something new coming out

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens

Illionois was the album. Sufjan Stevens was the man. It was love at first site… erm… listen. At least that’s how it felt four years ago when I heard the album for the first time. Since then, all I’ve wanted is something more than a single from Stevens.

Well, it may not be an album in the official sense, but Stevens finally has something of substance: His take on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, titled The BQE, will be released October 20, 2009.

First, let’s start with the important part. Here’s a trailer of the release. Unfortunately there isn’t much music to clue off if this is something that will be worth buying.

So what is The BQE? According to Asthmatic Kitty Records’ page on the release, it’s a “visual and musical homage to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway” that he debuted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2007. Pitchfork was there and didn’t seem all that impressed (big surprise if you read anything else that comes from them). They did do a good job of setting the mood, however. Imagine sitting in the concert hall with blasting indie-inspired orchestrations, trippy visualizations and lots of hula hoops.

The release will come in two-disc format, complete with a DVD of visuals to go with the music, a 40-page booklet with liner notes and a stereoscopic 3D View-Master reel (!!!). Does anyone still have theirs? I know I’m going to ask my mom if she kept mine.

Will you buy this multimedia package?

I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. It may be worth looking into just to fill this long gap between true albums from Stevens.

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  1. castleqwayr / Jul 21 2009 5:39 pm

    Hey, Sufjan is the best! Can’t stop listening and blogging about his work

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