With more projects and feelings than time itself, Sufjan Stevens strikes as a relatable figure. He’s tried, in vain, to write fifty records for fifty states (striking out at two), made song suites for American turnpikes, performed his movie songs at the Oscars, written countless solo records, sung odes to the planets and also he can play the banjo. Phew. His baroque pop symphonies and heartfelt synth-pop has made him a canonical figure in the indie rock world, and his recent, solitary record ‘Carrie & Lowell’ rivalled even Elliott Smith as an emo folk classic. He runs Asthmatic Kitty, too, a label dedicated to a new strand of rock whimsy. A legend, to be honest.
Similar to Sufjan Stevens:
The National, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Elliott Smith, S. Carey, Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, Andrew Bird, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink