Sufjan Stevens has unveiled the first track from his forthcoming album, Carrie & Lowell (out on March 30th in Europe, March 31st in North America, via Asthmatic Kitty).

The album is thought to be centred around his mother Carrie, who passed away last year, and his step-father Lowell Brams. But today isn't about providing you with album spoilers, instead our attention is focussed on 'No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross', a track featuring Sufjan Stevens baring his soul over a stripped-back production.

As I said, I don't want to give too much away - themes, lyrics and such - but this is a pretty good representation of what to expect with the album. On first listen, I feared it might wash over me, on second listen, it absolutely destroyed me.

"There's blood on that blade / Fuck me, I'm falling apart."

Discover: The Essential Sufjan Stevens Playlist

    Listening Parties
  • February 21-22 Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast with Hostess Club Weekender
  • March 5 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Museum of Art with Indy CD & Vinyl
  • March 10 London Rough Trade East
  • March 10 Nottingham Rough Trade
  • March 10 Bristol Rise
  • March 10 Dublin Tower/Douglas Hyde Gallery
  • March 10 Hamburg Michelle
  • March 10 Berlin Bis Auf Messer

  • Live Dates
  • April 9 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
  • April 10 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
  • April 11 New York, NY Beacon Theater
  • April 12 Hartford, CT The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
  • April 14 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
  • April 15 Albany, NY The Palace Theater
  • April 16 Cleveland, OH Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
  • April 17 Columbus, OH Palace Theater
  • April 18 Indianapolis, IN The Murat Theatre
  • April 20 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
  • April 21 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater
  • April 22 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
  • April 23 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
  • April 24 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
  • April 25 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
  • April 27 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple
  • April 28 Grand Rapids, MI Covenant Fine Arts Center
  • April 29 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
  • April 30 Montreal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Place Des Artes
  • May 1 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
  • May 2 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
  • May 4 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre
  • May 5 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
  • May 6 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
  • May 7 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
  • May 9 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
  • May 10 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
  • May 11 Houston, TX Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
  • May 12 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
  • May 13 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
  • June 2 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall*
  • June 3 Los Angeles, CA Dorothy Chandler Pavilion*
  • June 4 Los Angeles, CA Dorothy Chandler Pavilion*
  • June 5 Oakland, CA Fox Theater*
  • June 6 Oakland, CA Fox Theater*
  • June 8 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall*
  • June 9 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre*
  • June 10 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre*
  • June 11 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre*
  • July 17-18 Eaux Claires Festival Eau Claire, WI
  • *with Helado Negro