Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise [2 LP] (includes LP-only bonus track) - UrbanVinylStore

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise [2 LP] (includes LP-only bonus track)

Asthmatic Kitty announces the second installment of Sufjan Stevens' 50 State Project, “ILLINOIS”,

a 22-track anthematic tone poem to The Prairie State.

Following the 2003 collection of songs for his home state, ''Michigan,'' Stevens presents an

emphatic answer to the question: Can a songwriter express the spirit of a state he's never called

home? With his most enterprising project to date - the result of extensive research, travel, meditation,

and countless days and nights in the studio - admirers of his previous work and first time listeners

will agree that the answer is yes.

On this second state tour, Sufjan weaves variegated musical styles (jazz, funk, pop) and instrumental

textures (from oboe to church organ) into a tapestry of persons famous, infamous, and

anonymous, and places iconic, obscure, and ghostly. Did you know there is 15-foot bronze statue of

Superman in the Ohio River town of Metropolis? Where many might see only kitsch, Sufjan finds a

touchstone for a tender-yet-rocking meditation on spiritual strength. Or what about the recent UFO

sightings near Highland, or the infamous Chickenmobile in Decatur, where patrons endure ice cream

floats and burgers that beat Big Macs hands down. No detail is wasted. Myths, memories, and incidental

anecdotes are swept up with symphonic flourishes, reenacting the Great Fantastical Voyage

through the Land of Lincoln, the musical road trip takes you through ghost towns, grain mills, hospital

rooms, and the City of Broad Shoulders, with guest appearances by a poet, a president, and a

serial murderer, to name a few.

Implementing 25 instruments, played mostly by Sufjan himself, a two-handed horn section,

string quartet and small choir, Illinois conjures up images of Danny Elfman conducting a Gilbert and

Sullivan company, a minimalist ensemble, and the Marion Catholic Marching Band (state champions

24 years in a row!) on a windswept prairie football field.

Guest musicians include vocalists Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Katrina Kerns,

drummer James McAlister (Ester Drang) and trumpeter Craig Montoro (Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!),

and many others.