Here's some exciting news to kick off your weekend: Five years after his last significant release, "Illinois", reclusive weirdo Christian epic folkie Sufjan Stevens has returned with the eight-song "All Delighted People" EP. It's streaming for free at Bandcamp, where you can also purchase a download for just $5. Label Asthmatic Kitty promises CD and vinyl by December and offers this description of the 60-minute album, which hardly seems like an EP to me.
All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad "All Delighted People," a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s "Sounds of Silence." Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers "Djohariah," and the gothic piano ballad "The Owl and the Tanager," a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a "Delighted" EP?).