Sufjan Stevens’ “Wallowa Lake Monster,” taken from his forthcoming The Greatest Gift mixtape, premieres today—listen here.The Greatest Gift, a collection of outtakes, remixes and demos from Stevens’ lauded 2015 albumCarrie & Lowell, is set for release on yellow cassette, translucent yellow vinyl and all digital formats onNovember 24. Pre-order it here. A portion of the proceeds from the release will benefit the Cancer Support Community.
Further new music from Stevens is featured in Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated film Call Me By Your Name starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, out November 24.
The Greatest Gift unveils new remixes by several longstanding collaborators: Roberto C. Lange (a.k.a. Helado Negro) remixes both “Death With Dignity” and “All Of Me Wants All Of You;” Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) remixes “Exploding Whale,” a song previously only available as a 7-inch single; and James McAlister (a.k.a. 900X) remixes “Fourth of July.” The album also features Stevens’ own remix of “Drawn to the Blood.”
The mixtape also includes alternate and/or demo versions of songs from the original album,including a fingerpicking version of “Drawn to the Blood,” and iPhone-recorded demo versions of “John My Beloved” and “Carrie & Lowell.”
Finally, the mixtape features four previously unreleased new songs, “official” outtakes fromCarrie & Lowell recorded at the same time as the album. These include “Wallowa Lake Monster” as well as “The Hidden River of My Life,” “City of Roses” and “The Greatest Gift.”
The new collection serves as a companion piece to the original album, alongside the Carrie & Lowell Live album released earlier this year.
THE GREATEST GIFT MIXTAPE
1. Wallowa Lake Monster
2. Drawn to the Blood — Sufjan Stevens Remix
3. Death with Dignity — Helado Negro Remix
4. John My Beloved — iPhone Demo
5. Drawn to the Blood — Fingerpicking Remix
6. The Greatest Gift
7. Exploding Whale — Doveman Remix
8. All of Me Wants All of You — Helado Negro Remix