Sufjan Stevens has collaborated with plenty of people in his career. His flexibility has allowed him to explore many different genres and some in particular stand out more than others. Did we miss your favorite? Tweet us and we’ll RT you! Use the hashtag #SufjanWeek
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When it was first announced that he was releasing a full length record with Son Lux and Serengeti as Sisyphus (formerly s/s/s), I was more than excited. Son Lux is one of the more exciting producers around right now and Serengeti is a breath of fresh air in the world of hip hop. Combine the three and you get Sisyphus, an inspiring album that doesn’t quite fully belong in any single genre. There’s always at least one Sisyphus track in any party playlist I make.
There’s always something special to be expected from two close friends working together. That has always been the case with Sufjan and the hilarious Rosie Thomas. She’s done it all with him, it seems – opened for his shows as her comedic alter ego Sheila Saputo, played in his backing band, written and recorded beautiful songs with him.
Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner
I was hoping a proper recording of the Planetarium series would see the light of day, but alas, for now it shall be kept ingrained within the brains of those lucky enough to attend the shows. Even so, the footage available on YouTube is enough to convince me this is something worth waiting for.
The lovely Cat Martino has been provided her backing vocals to Sufjan’s music for years, but in this track, he stays in the shadows as her amazing voice takes center stage.
The National, St. Vincent, etcetera
Seeing Sufjan on stage with the always impressive The National makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Can you imagine being in a more talented circle of friends? St. Vincent aka Annie Clark hops on stage with them too from time to time and she has toured with Sufjan before doing backing vocals and such. The talented DM Stith has done the same and donned neon things on him for the Age of Adz tour. Talented people attract their own kind and the results are often worth noting.