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Songs of the Day: Two Surprises from Sufjan Stevens

I truly savor the glistening orchestral pop music of Sufjan Stevens, but I've often wondered what else the multi-instrumentalist is capable of. I mean, the dude plays like 10 different instruments and writes truly unusual songs. But his two most recent albums, Michigan and Illinois, were such a perfect pair that they didn't allow much room to move in new directions.


Now it seems Sufjan wants to stretch himself a bit. First, the Michigan-bred songwriter recorded a cover of "Free Man in Paris" for the A Tribute to Joni Mitchell compilation, where he attempts to reconstruct Mitchell's signature vocal style using quirky instrumentation.

Then, in a track that just surfaced online, Stevens throws everyone for a loop with a totally uncharacteristic rock song, called "In the Words of the Governor," which will appear on a forthcoming Believer magazine compilation.

The two tracks that will make you wonder, "Sufjan, is that really you?!" To listen, just read more

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