LISTEN, BUY, DOWNLOAD: New Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People EP

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Like a punch in the gut, Sufjan Stevens releases an EP full of 8 brand new tracks out of left-field. As you read this, you can stream Sufjan's All Delighted People EP in the embedded player below. The 60-minute EP is on sale now at Stevens' Bandcamp page for only $5. For less than a cup of coffee and a muffin, you can own an hour's worth of sheer musical gold; I suggest you go buy it right now. Or, if you want, you can wait until Monday when the EP becomes available on iTunes, Amazon and "other corporate entities"; hell, wait until December when the EP drops on CD and double-LP vinyl... just know that you're missing out.

While this EP came as a total surprise, it was an expected surprise. Just last week, Sufjan Stevens made our heads explode with anticipation of his massive fall tour (dates below), and since then speculation and rumors of a new album have been running rampant, though I doubt anyone guessed Sufjan would drop an entire EP on us with no warning. Calling All Delighted People an EP is really almost a disservice to the music. The work plays like an album — and at sixty minutes long, it outruns The National's High Violet by nearly 13 minutes, Sleigh Bells' Treats by almost a half hour, and nearly matches Arcade Fire's 16-track The Suburbs. We can only hope Sufjan Stevens is calling All Delighted People an EP because he has whatever he considers an album coming soon.

In his label's words, All Delighted People "is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad "All Delighted People," a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s "Sounds of Silence." Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally work-shopped (oh we hate making workshop a verb, but time is money!) on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers "Djohariah," and the gothic piano ballad "The Owl and the Tanager," a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a "Delighted" EP?)." Listen to the entire EP below (and buy it here!):

Sufjan Stevens Fall Tour Dates
10-12 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis Theater
10-13 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
10-14 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10-15 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
10-16 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater
10-17 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
10-19 Austin, TX - The Long Center for the Performing Arts
10-20 Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
10-22 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater)
10-23 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10-26 Oakland, CA - The Paramount Theater
10-28 Vancouver, British Columbia - Orpheum Theater
10-29 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10-30 Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre
11-01 Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
11-02 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
11-04 Indianapolis, IN - Hilbert Circle Theatre
11-05 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater
11-06 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
11-07 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
11-10 Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center
11-11 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11-14 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11-15 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre