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Sufjan Stevens

The Avalanche (Asthmatic Kitty Records)


RELEASED: 31st August 2018
Deluxe Coloured Double Vinyl LP

Released in 2006 as a follow-up to Sufjan Stevens’ 2005 album ‘Illinois’, Asthmatic Kitty Records finally release ‘Avalanche’ on vinyl. 

Initially conceived as part of a double album version of ‘Illinois’, ‘Avalanche’ instead became a ‘companion’ to ‘Illinois’. Take ‘The Mistress Witch’ or ‘Saul Bellow’, both of which could have lived on the 2003 ‘Michigan’ as much as on ‘Illinois’. One can hear Sufjan’s 2004 ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ in ‘The Undivided Self’. And the band jam on ‘Springfield’ looks forward to 2010’s ‘All Delighted People’. Then there’s ‘Pittsfield’ which, at least lyrically, foreshadows the more personal themes of 2015’s ‘Carrie & Lowell’.

All that to say, a vinyl release of Avalanche is long overdue. With gratitude, Asthmatic Kitty happily present ‘Avalanche’ as a 2xLP a mere twelve years
after its release, complete with all 21 songs from the original release, including the three versions of ‘Chicago’


1. The Avalanche
2. Dear Mr. Supercomputer
3. Adlai Stevenson
4. The Vivian Girls Are Visited in the Night by Saint Dargariusand His Squadron of
Benevolent Butterflies
5. Chicago (Acoustic Version)
6. The Henney Buggy Band
7. Saul Bellow
8. Carlyle Lake
9. Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair
10. The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)
11. Kaskaskia River
12. Chicago (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version)
13. Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne
14. No Man's Land
15. The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake
16. The Pick-Up
17. The Perpetual Self, or 'What Would Saul Alinsky Do?'
18. For Clyde Tombaugh
19. Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder Version)
20. Pittsfield
21. The Undivided Self (For Eppie and Popo)