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New Age - Released March 24, 2020 | Asthmatic Kitty

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After Music for Insomnia in 2008, a collection of instrumentals on the theme of sleep disorders, Sufjan Stevens has produced another collaboration with his stepfather. Lowell Brahms, the husband of his late mother, about whom he spoke in the introspective Carrie & Lowell in 2015, is one of the people who have counted in the career of the Michigan songwriter. Together, they started Asthmatic Kitty Records in 1999, through which Stevens released many of his works, and most importantly, they play together whenever they meet. From these regular jam sessions stretching back over the past ten years, Stevens has meticulously extracted the "10% magic moments" before setting to work on this musical patchwork with his team. The result: a psychic journey between ethereal guitars and cosmic synths, on the borders of ambient and New Age, invoking at once Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, John Carpenter and Boards of Canada – and even a bit of the spirit of Neil Young’s Dead Man soundtrack. One to listen to in a yurt during your next shamanic retreat. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 31, 2015 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 5, 2005 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 18, 2019 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 28, 2017 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 11, 2019 | Asthmatic Kitty

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The voice is stunning from the start. Even with the slightest breath, Angelo De Augustine's crystalline voice box is a powerful magnet reminiscent of Elliott Smith or Sufjan Stevens, who has guided him in the past... As a goldsmith of a beautiful folk rock that’s sometimes rather minimalist, sometimes almost like chamber music, this bearded Californian writes and records in Thousand Oaks where he grew up, in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles. Tomb’s long, thick coat of melancholy stems from a breakup that De Augustine went through in 2017. He bears the burden of months of sadness, desolation and the introspection that followed. He's looking for his mistakes. He’s flicking through the family album. All with a stunning delicacy.But as this young songwriter is a master of pointillism, he transforms this desolation into pure beauty. Behind the glass Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman, who has already produced quite a few notable musicians, including Sufjan Stevens, Anna Calvi, Glen Hansard, The National, Sam Amidon, Rhye, St. Vincent and Nico Muhly) finds the perfect way to magnify this incandescent material in its beautifully raw state. Utterly moving. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 12, 2010 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 16, 2004 | Asthmatic Kitty

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After completing the first installment of his planned series of 50 records -- one album dedicated to each state in the U.S. -- indie folk overachiever Sufjan Stevens returned with Seven Swans, a collection of stripped-down, introspective musings on life, love, and faith that chart the geographic location of the heart and soul. Many of these themes were dealt with eloquently on Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State, presenting the singer/multi-instrumentalist as a first-rate interpreter of the human condition, as well as a gifted musician. The 12 tracks on Swans yield the same bounty, but with a leaner arsenal, due to Stevens' sparse arrangements and production from Danielson Famile mastermind Daniel Smith. Fellow Famile members Elin, Megan, David, and Andrew -- who also appeared on The Great Lakes State -- lend their vocal and percussion talents to the mix, resulting in a surreal campfire environment that's part confessional and part processional. Beginning with the gorgeously titled "All the Trees in the Field Will Clap Their Hands," Stevens saunters out of the gate with nary an overdub to be heard, letting the banjo lead the parade, slowly picking up piano, percussion, and the angelic voices of Megan and Elin before disappearing over the hilltop. He channels Bert Jansch on the love song "The Dress Looks Nice on You" and Eric Matthews on "To Be Alone With You," striking a winning balance of '60s British folk and indie Americana. Like the Violent Femmes' seminal pseudo-Christian masterpiece, Hallowed Ground, Seven Swans treats religion with simplicity and sincerity, approaching the subject with an almost feverish peacefulness. "Abraham," "We Won't Need Legs to Stand," and "He Woke Me Up Again," with its fiery, overdriven organ, are all effective tomes of the singer's faith, but that faith can be tested. Stevens is quite aware of the dark, and no more so than on the Flannery O'Connor-inspired "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," a first-person murder narrative that reveals a subtle current of menace only hinted at in the earlier portion of the record. Like faith, these songs require patience, as their almost mantra-like arcs take their time to fully form. By the time he reaches the spirited closer, "Transfiguration," an affirming take on the Gospels that reaches an almost Polyphonic Spree crescendo, the listener has no choice but to conform -- if only for the length of the record -- to the writer's unabashed spirituality, and at just under 45 minutes, it's an easy choice to make. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 24, 2017 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Two and half years after the release of his masterpiece Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens offers a follow-up consisting of alternative takes, remixes and demos. Centred around the death of his mother in a resolutely folk mood, the American songwriter returns to a sort of source on this record which he tries here to rub out in order to take things forward into slightly more experimental and electronic territory. The exercise is sometimes a little redundant (like on Death With Dignity whose Helado Negro Remix does away with the original’s virginal beauty) and at other times really quite stunning (with a new lease of life for Exploding Whale thanks to the Doveman Remix). Those left cold or frustrated by the remixes will still stumble across the unreleased song Wallowa Lake Monster. Ultimately, Greatest Gift is fundamentally for Sufjan Stevens fans or completists. © MD/Qobuz

Ambient/New Age - Released November 13, 2012 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Pop - Released April 21, 2020 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 18, 2011 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 29, 2019 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Pop - Released October 29, 2013 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Pop - Released March 4, 2014 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Pop - Released July 8, 2014 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 1, 2003 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2004 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Electronic - Released July 4, 2020 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2010 | Asthmatic Kitty