Stream: Sufjan Stevens releases expansive new album ‘The Ascension’

The follow-up to 'Carrie & Lowell' is here

Sufjan Stevens has shared his dense new album The Ascension via Asthmatic Kitty Records.

The record, which marks the follow-up to Carrie & Lowell, is made up of 15 new tracks and a 16-page booklet of his drawings. Clocking in at a whopping eighty minutes, this heady album finds Stevens leaning toward a synth-based otherworldliness, as he takes an honest look at the state of America, while also painting a portrait of his own flaws.

Recorded mostly at home on a computer, The Ascension shows off Stevens’ artistic finesse, as he moves toward a sort of fantastical, sci-fi-influenced instrumental, packed with glitchy synths.

Stream The Ascension below.