Sunday, September 27th, 2009
"The One I Love"
Sufjan Stevens covers R.E.M.
Frank YangSince being Mr Ubiquity back in 2005, circa Illinois, Sufjan Stevens has largely gone quiet – a collection of Christmas carols here, a tribute to a New York expressway there, but certainly not a new album by conventional standards, and certainly not a continuation of his fifty states initiative.
So by those standards, this Autumn is a bounty for Sufjan fans – there’s the October 6 release of Run Rabbit Run , a rejigged and re-orchestrated version of his 2001 electronic salute to the Chinese zodiac Enjoy Your Rabbit and then a couple weeks later the multimedia extravaganza The BQE on October 20. And then there’s the intimate Fall tour which brings Mr Stevens and who-knows-what theme to Lee’s Palace on Thursday night – there don’t appear to be any costumes this time around, but there are new songs and old favourites drawn mainly from Illinois and Seven Swans. What you hear there is the sound of no one complaining.
It also gives me an excuse to dig up this week’s brief but lovely selection, Mr Stevens covering R.E.M. solo at Judson College in November, 2003. And even though work has only just begun on a new album, R.E.M. are putting out a new record this Fall in the form of the cryptically-titled Live At The Olympia In Dublin, out October 27.
MP3: Sufjan Stevens – “The One I Love”
Video: R.E.M. – “The One I Love”