Track of the Day: 'I Walked'

Past TracksIt's 2010, so indie rock fans should be used to disappointment. The new Broken Social Scene record? Maybe one play around the turntable. The inexplicably ongoing Glo-Fi/Chill-Wave craze? Supremely underwhelming.

When All Delighted People, Sufjan Stevens' statusquotastic EP arrived on my Internet device, I was braced for disappointment, and disappointment was what I got. Though some welcomed Stevens' return to the orchestral indie-folk form he helped invent, the EP feels trite and halfhearted. I struggled to muster the yawn it deserves. My bitterness was such that when Sufjan announced The Age of Adz several weeks ago and streamed it from NPR well ahead of its scheduled release date, I ignored it. My soul couldn't take another blow to the solar plexus.

The twin engines of boredom and curiosity pulled me to NPR some days later, where I listened, rapt, to the Age of Adz in its entirety. Eschewing lush orchestration for synthy experimentation and plucked banjos and whispery woodwinds for processed drums, Sufjan's new sound is a creative lateral pass to a wide open halfback. In "I Walked" Stevens cleverly builds sound upon sound, voice upon voice, exercising both restraint and outstretched optimism before beautifully falling apart at the end. Listen and Sufjan will poke some much-needed holes in 2010's black cloak of disappointment and cynicism.



on iTunes: Sufjan Stevens / "I Walked"

new track button.png
Presented by

 Mitchell London is a policy specialist with B&D Consulting in Washington, D.C. In his spare time, he writes and takes photographs for Brightest Young Things.

Why Is Google Making Human Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors at a world-class life sciences lab are trying to change the way people think about their health.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Entertainment

Just In