A Sun Came [Extended]

A Sun Came [Extended]

by Sufjan Stevens

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Overview

The debut disc from this former member of the folk group Marzuki and sometimes Danielson Famile contributor stakes out some wide musical and thematic territory. Although it was recorded on four-track, it transcends the confines of lo-fi and can even seem sonically overambitious at times. Exploring a terrain that can only be called pan-ethnic folk, A Sun Came begins with Celtic overtones before traveling east in a global musical study. Indian, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern, American folk, and instruments ranging from banjo and sitar to oboe and xylophone (most of which are played by Stevens) -- it's all found here in some form or another, which would be a bit disorienting if not for Stevens' often personal lyrical turns and the wide-eyed indie rock vibe that permeates the songs no matter where they may roam. Also, short spoken word pieces are sprinkled across the album, snippets which on one hand sound like field recordings but are in actuality personal anecdotes and reflections from friends, blending further the multicultural music-lesson feel and the introspective, singer/songwriterly tunes -- a nice effect. Highlights include "Demetrius," which takes a Sonic Youth-inspired guitar riff, rides it to the British Isles for some pan pipes, then onward to a Moroccan opium den, and "A Loverless Bed," which is a beautiful, reverb-laden ballad turned noise freak-out. [Riding the wave of his newfound popularity, Stevens reissued A Sun Came in 2004 with a new cover, remastered sound, and the addition of two new tracks: "Joy! Joy! Joy!" (recorded in 2001 in Brooklyn) and "You Are the Rake" (recorded in 2004).]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
UPC: 0656605997520
catalogNumber: 9
Rank: 88244

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sufjan Stevens   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Oboe,Recorder,Alto Saxophone,Sitar,Vocals,Xylophone,Wood Flute
Megan Smith   Vocals
Matt Morgan   Guitar
Marzuki Stevens   Guitar,Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Katrina Kerns   Vocals
Jesse Koskey   Drums
Shannon Stephens   Vocals
Ghadeer Yaser   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Beck   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Nicky Hopkins   Composer
Ronald Shannon Jackson   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Tony Newman   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Sufjan Stevens   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Stephen Halker   Paintings
Marzuki Stevens   Composer
Lowell Brams   Engineer

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