For the last several years, the beginning of the Christmas season at our house has been marked by The Sounds of Sufjan. His Christmas EPs (released in 2006 in this fantastic box-set) are just about the perfect holiday accompaniment I could ever hope for: they’re at turns silly, hopeful, reverent, corny (in the good way), jubilant – you know, all the things that Christmas can be. So naturally, I’ve been waiting eagerly for any word about volumes 6, 7, 8, etc. etc… Well this year, CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY!
Gloria! Songs for Christmas, Vol. 6 (actually recorded some years ago) just saw the light of internet-day this morning! The 8 song set includes some help from the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, as well as Arcade Fire’s Richard Perry – so that’s pretty fun. You can download two of the tracks over at Between hipsters and God there is Sufjan Stevens, or stream the whole thing below (via rawkblog). Merry Christmas ere’body!
UPDATE: It appears the songs are no longer available. It was fun while it lasted!