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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 21 June 2024

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans [20th Anniversary Edition]

€41,95

This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

A splendid Dinked Archive 20th Anniversary Edition to celebrate a really beautiful record.

Originally released in 2004, 'Seven Swans' is a beautiful set of confessional folk songs from Sufjan Stevens. A subtle treasure sandwiched in between his states (2003’s ‘Michigan’ and 2005’s Illinois). We are so thrilled to bring you this custom fan package to celebrate the albums’s 20th birthday.

The folk songs of Sufjan’s ‘Seven Swans’ occupy a singular space in his catalogue. The quiet, psalm-like music arrived less than a year after his 2003 breakthrough album, ‘Michigan’ and his much-publicized announcement to write an album for each of the 50 states. Just as wider audiences were becoming acquainted with the ever-evolving artist—who had, by this point, released a lo-fi folk-pop collage (2000’s ‘A Sun Came’), a Zodiac-inspired electronic suite (2001’s ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’), and a grand, orchestral epic to kickstart his exploration of the country (‘Michigan’)—he re-introduced himself in hushed tones.

Despite cultivating a vast influence that spans genres, ‘Seven Swans’ is defined by its sense of intimacy. Think of it as Stevens’ self-penned book of prayer, a talisman that’s never been far from reach. This was a time in his career when his songwriting dealt explicitly with themes of Christianity, and his stark performances helped bring the celestial down to earth. Staples of his songbook like “The Dress Looks Nice on You” and “To Be Alone With You” are disarming in their gentleness, and for every gesture toward a divine presence, Stevens knew how to balance it with a vulnerable expression of humanity, using the language of love songs to outline the shadow of uncertainty in devoting ourselves to something bigger. Listening to ‘Seven Swans’ leaves us with enough hope, mystery, and wisdom to make it feel alive and exalting whenever we return.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this now-beloved piece of Sufjan’s catalogue, AKR is releasing a Dinked Edition exclusive. Pressed on cream-in-black corona vinyl and housed in a matte jacket with embossing and a spot gloss finish, the LP package will include a flexi disc featuring two bonus tracks, “I Went Dancing With My Sister” and “Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have.” The Dinked edition also comes with seven sheets of origami paper, in order to craft seven origami swans.

Edition Info

• Dinked Archive Edition Number 19
• Cream in black “Corona” coloured vinyl *
• Bonus 2 track flexi disc 7”
• 7 origami swan sheets (with instructions) *
• Silver foil sleeve artwork
• Dinked Archive obi-strip & sticker *
• Hand-numbered *
• Limited pressing of 1000 *
• One copy per person.

* EXCLUSIVE to Dinked Edition

Tracklisting

Side A
All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
The Dress Looks nice On You
In the Devil’s Territory
To Be Alone With You
Abraham
Sister

Side B
1. Size Too Small
2. We Won’t Need Legs To Stand
3. A Good Man is Hard to Find
4. He Woke Me Up Again
5. Seven Swans
6. The Transfiguration

Dinked Exclusive Flexi Disc
1. I Went Dancing With My Sister
2. Waste of What Your Kids Won’t Have

Scheduled: 21 June 2024

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