Track List

All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands

The Dress Looks Nice On You

In The Devils Territory

To Be Alone With You



Size Too Small

We Won't Need Legs To Stand

A Good Man Is Hard To Find

He Woke Me Up Again

Seven Swans

The Transfiguration

I Went Dancing With My Sister

Waste Of What Your Kids Won't Have

Sufjan Stevens ‎- Seven Swans (LP)
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Record Label: Sounds Familyre

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Includes bonus 7″ of two Sufjan songs from the Seven Swans sessions that are not available in any other format.

Multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens made a couple of records that slipped under the radar before his third, the astoundingly lush post-rock concept album Greetings From Michigan (2003), gained him critical attention and cult status. Seemingly bent on not repeating himself, Stevens scaled down Michigan's grandeur to a minimalist palette for Seven Swans (2004).

Where the previous album was instrumentally comparable to Tortoise or Stereolab, Seven Swans is practically lo-fi, based around simply strummed acoustic guitars, banjo, organ, and hushed vocals. It's more akin to laconic Americana troubadours like Will Oldham and Iron & Wine, though no amount of sonic slimming-down can disguise Stevens's knack for crafty arrangements and accessibly quirky songs.

Like-minded spirit Daniel Smith of the Danielson Family produced, and other Family members provide accompaniment that's considerably more structured than their own free-wheeling recordings.