The fantastic “Dark Was The Night” album came out this week. It is a collection of incredible artists, including Sufjan Stevens (obviously), The Decemberists, Yo La Tengo, The National, Antony (sans Johnsons), Iron and Wine, Feist, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Cat Power, Connor Oberst and the New Pornographers.
Sufjan’s 10-minute epic is, well, epic. Incredible. He never ceases to amaze. I know he’s the regular, indie-kid thing, and to like him is as obvious as wearing a check shirt and getting one of those terrible bangs-and-almost-mullet haircuts (seriously, the girls who have them should be lined up and SHOT. They are not artists. They are just stupid and look ugly). But Sufjan is incredible. He continues to create interesting, original music. I love his use of fascinating time signatures. He shouldn’t be associated with bad hair.
So buy Dark Is The Night. But don’t tell anyone. Because they might expect you to go out and get the mullet.