The last time I saw/heard from Sufjan Stevens (not personally unfortunately) was onstage with The National at their closing tour date at The 02 in London back in November. It's safe to say that he made for a great backing musician, so it's good to see him return to centre stage with his latest single and news of a new album.
'No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross' is the first single to be released from the upcoming Carrie &Lowell, which is named after his mother and step-father. The track itself is a beautiful number that deals with Stevens' struggles following the passing of his mother back in 2012, and the rather ugly matter of his substance abuse as a means of coping.
The album will serve as a return to indie folk following 2010's electronic effort Age Of Adz, and is due out via Stevens' own Asthmatic Kitty record label on 31st March 2015.
Prepare for heartache.