Sufjan Stevens Shares Two Unreleased Takes On ‘Fourth Of July’

Two beautiful versions of the song...

Sufjan Stevens has shared two alternate version of his song ‘Fourth Of July’.

The songwriter toasts his birthday today, looking – if we may say so – rather dashing for his 47 years round the sun. To coincide, he’s reached back to the sessions for 2015 album ‘Carrie & Lowell’ for two alternate takes.

As is his custom, Sufjan Stevens worked on differing versions of ‘Fourth Of July’ before deciding on the right one. Sifting through some old harddrives, he’s decided to release two alternate takes on the song.

‘April Base Version’ was recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, while the ‘Dumbo Version’ was recorded at Stevens’ old studio in Brooklyn, New York.

A meditation on mortality, it’s refrain – “we’re all gonna die…” – remains one of the most transgressive, and oddly illuminating in Sufjan’s storied catalogue.

These takes of the song will receive a new vinyl edition in December 2022, a date that marks the 10th anniversary of Carrie’s death.

Check out both versions of ‘Fourth of July’ below.

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