Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell Live


#1

When it came out, Carrie and Lowell was revelatory to me. I always liked some of Sufjan’s stuff, but Carrie and Lowell was so personal and sad and sweet and beautiful. I cried the first time I listened to it and after it came out listened to it many many more times after. I was so excited when I read earlier this year that he was putting out a live version, and the video is now up on Vimeo! So let’s watch this live performance and really just soak in the beauty.

Edit: If you just want to listen to the music, you can purchase/stream the record on a variety of platforms.


#2

Thanks for this! ಥ_ಥ


#3

Ah had missed you could watch the live performance, thanks for sharing. I absolutly adore Carrie & Lowell, but I’ve yet to give the live album a full listen but so far I am not super into the live sound/production. I hope the video will make me adjust better to it.


#4

I was feeling the same way when streaming just the audio of the album but I’m really digging the video so far, about 18:45 in.


#5

Good to hear! Remember watching some live videos from when the tour was happening and loving the light show/design so looking forward to nestling down to it when I get the time.


#6

Especially on the track Death with Dignity, there’s some effective use of home video footage that really twangs those ol’ heartstrings.


#7

I… very nearly posted this in the music recommendation or what you’re currently listening to threads, so I’m glad it’s cropped up on its own! I really do think Carrie & Lowell is Sufjan’s best album yet–he’s always been able to make fantastic stuff, but the ratio of hits to misses on each album, when he gets sidetracked with self-indulgent or referential work, is really almost linear from his oldest stuff to his newest stuff. Carrie & Lowell is gold from top to bottom, Age of Adz is mostly fantastic, Illinoise has a lot of good songs, some good songs in Michigan, a stray good song here or there in Seven Swans…

He’s always been able to produce the quality, but now he has the experience to produce that quality with consistency, and I really think we’re in a golden age in Sufjan’s career.


#8

I like this perspective, although I never got into Adz like I did Illinoise personally, I’ll have to go back and listen to Adz more.


#9

Adz definitely swings the pendulum a bit far in the direction of autotune and distortion, as Sufjan dives into electronic modification of his stuff more than anything previous: it’s sort of a learning curve for his latest Christmas album’s Silver & Gold or Christmas Unicorn, to say nothing of how he uses such distortion to convey grief and dissonance on Carrie & Lowell. Adz is certainly a thing to itself, but it adds (or adz, aha) a useful tool to Sufjan’s belt that he’s put to good, albeit slightly more restrained, use since. Sisyphus, his project with Son Lux and Serengeti, is a good example of that as well, I think.


#10

I suppose in a way that makes Adz to Sufjan as 808s is to Kanye (which is a comparison that makes me thrilled for Sufjan’s future because I tend to like post-808s Kanye stuff more than pre, although each has its place)


#11

I have a signed copy of Carrie and Lowell it’s an amazing album. I missed him when he was in Orlando :frowning: