Asthmatic Kitty records announced that Sufjan Stevens will release his first solo album in nearly five years on its website earlier this week. Described as "a 44-minute meditation on mortality, memory, and faith," the announcement was accompanied by a short trailer in which Stevens returns to the signature preciousness of his folk roots. The citizens of the internet reacted primarily with tears:
Titled Carrie & Lowell, the album is a tribute to the human mortals who raised Stevens after he was unceremoniously abandoned by his biological parents, a sexually frustrated unicorn and the handsome angel Trinitron who was cast out of heaven for playing the banjo so beautifully that it rivaled the Song of the Heavenly Host.
The album is a return to Stevens' 50 States Project, only this time, we are hearing about the state of his mind. The press release states, "Sufjan recounts the indignities of our world, of technological distraction and sad sex, of an age without either myth or miracle—and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom." This is either the most on-point self-parody in music history or Sufjan is feeling some feelings and whispering about them again.
Below is the album's new track list and our best predictions about what each song is about.