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The Ascension

Sufjan Stevens

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Is the album title The Ascension a reference to mountaineering or the Christian festival which celebrates Jesus’s ascension to heaven on the 40th day of Easter? Judging from the album cover which looks like a stain-glass window, you’d probably go for the latter. Though the first option seems equally valid; Sufjan Stevens’ eighth album takes you on an expedition. Be careful, it’s a long journey (15 tracks in 80 minutes) but the summits are worth it. On his moving previous album Carrie & Lowell (2015) the American musician chronicled the story of his sick mother on an acoustic guitar. Here, it’s a sick world he’s talking about: America in 2020, disillusionment, anxiety and dehumanisation. And desperate times call for desperate measures! The measures that Sufjan Stevens took are paradoxical: he made this album alone but orchestrated his songs like liturgical music. The main theme running through the album is his intimate voice. He sounds like a fallen angel, multiplying his voice into a choir of 150 Sufjan Stevens in white togas, layered over an electronic backdrop that goes from retro Vangelis-style ambient music to R’n’B, while exploring sounds that remind us of what Björk did in the 90s. The Ascension is a heavenly album of contemporary pop that’s been liberated by boundless technology. It’s not easy to take everything in at first, but after listening to this record a few times it might become difficult to stop. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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Make Me An Offer I Cannot Refuse
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Run Away With Me
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Video Game
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2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Lamentations
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Tell Me You Love Me
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2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Die Happy
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2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Ativan
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Sufjan Stevens, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - SUFJAN STEVENS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Ursa Major
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Sufjan Stevens, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - SUFJAN STEVENS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Landslide
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Sufjan Stevens, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - SUFJAN STEVENS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Gilgamesh
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Sufjan Stevens, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - SUFJAN STEVENS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

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Death Star
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Sufjan Stevens, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - SUFJAN STEVENS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Goodbye To All That
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Sufjan Stevens, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - SUFJAN STEVENS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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Sugar
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2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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The Ascension
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2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

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America
00:12:29

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2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records 2020 Asthmatic Kitty Records

Album Description

Is the album title The Ascension a reference to mountaineering or the Christian festival which celebrates Jesus’s ascension to heaven on the 40th day of Easter? Judging from the album cover which looks like a stain-glass window, you’d probably go for the latter. Though the first option seems equally valid; Sufjan Stevens’ eighth album takes you on an expedition. Be careful, it’s a long journey (15 tracks in 80 minutes) but the summits are worth it. On his moving previous album Carrie & Lowell (2015) the American musician chronicled the story of his sick mother on an acoustic guitar. Here, it’s a sick world he’s talking about: America in 2020, disillusionment, anxiety and dehumanisation. And desperate times call for desperate measures! The measures that Sufjan Stevens took are paradoxical: he made this album alone but orchestrated his songs like liturgical music. The main theme running through the album is his intimate voice. He sounds like a fallen angel, multiplying his voice into a choir of 150 Sufjan Stevens in white togas, layered over an electronic backdrop that goes from retro Vangelis-style ambient music to R’n’B, while exploring sounds that remind us of what Björk did in the 90s. The Ascension is a heavenly album of contemporary pop that’s been liberated by boundless technology. It’s not easy to take everything in at first, but after listening to this record a few times it might become difficult to stop. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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