Sufjan Stevens’ seventh studio album, Carrie & Lowell, was inspired by the death of his mother, Carrie in 2012. From age five to eight Sufjan visited his mother and new husband, Lowell in Oregon during his summer vacations. Since his mother suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and alcoholism their contact was sparse, and these trips to Oregon turned out to be some of his only memories of her. Commenting on the record Sufjan said, “It’s not really trying to say anything new, or prove anything, or innovate. It feels artless, which is a good thing. This is not my art project; this is my life.” Download “Should Have Known Better” from Carrie & Lowell and learn more about Sufjan Stevens at his Official Website. Purchase tickets to Stevens’ show at Old National Centre this Saturday here.
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