I love small records. When I say “small record," I think of Sandy Bull's Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk's Solo Monk. Each of these albums is simple. They're direct.
Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn't belabor it. The recording and mixing came quickly. I followed my instincts.
This album is also a spiritual retreat for me; a healthy and necessary separation after so many strong collaborations. If you're Sufist, you’d call this khalwa. In Japanese Zen Buddhism, it's called sesshin. The Santerian pro-cess of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white garments and avoid physical contact for one year. Like so many have done before me, I forced myself into a state of inner solitude to find something new.
I hope you enjoy it, and you experience something similar while listening.
- Chris Schlarb
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It may not be a full-fledged LP, but All Delighted People is probably my favourite of Sufjan's works. Without an overaching album theme to tie the songs together, it felt like Sufjan was free to experiment on each track and give them their own unique sound. And because of that (and Sufjan's talent), every track on there is a standout track. Angkasawan
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Many moons later, that lil girl gets a chance to heal. “All of Me Wants All of You” is a life song of a pervasive void. Where love exchanges thereafter never stood a chance. Wrong currency. For the significance of letting go, reframing stories, and colors … nycjus