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Sufjan Stevens Shares Alternate Versions Of ‘Fourth Of July’

Music Feeds | July 3, 2022

Sufjan Stevens has shared new versions of his 2015 track ‘Fourth Of July’, just in time for America’s Independence Day celebrations this year. The original version of the track originally appeared on Stevens’ 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell.

Released on 1st July to coincide with Stevens’ own 47th birthday, both versions of the song were recorded around 2014, similar to the original album version. In a post shared alongside their release, Stevens explained that he rescued the tracks from an old hard drive.

The first of these alternate versions, dubbed the ‘April Base Version’, was recorded near Eau Claire in Wisconsin at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studio. The other version, titled the ‘Dumbo Version’, was recorded at Stevens’ old studio in Brooklyn.

Sufjan Stevens – ‘Fourth of July (April Base Version)’

As Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label explains, he would often “rework different versions of his songs while recording an album”, with other versions of the track were previously released on his The Greatest Gift mixtape in 2017, and 2015’s ‘Exploding Whale’ single.

“The song has recently had a resurgence with listeners — which may speak to a deep national grief and sense of loss,” Asthmatic Kitty explains. “As we head into this Fourth of July weekend — a U.S. holiday marked by war (and death) — let us reflect on what it means to live in fullness in the face of death.”

Both versions of ‘Fourth Of July’ are set to be released on a limited run of 7″ singles in December, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Stevens’ mother, Carrie.

Sufjan Stevens – ‘Fourth of July (Dumbo Version)’

Further Reading

Sufjan Stevens Announces Five-Volume Album In Tribute To His Late Father

Here’s A Drake & Sufjan Stevens Mash-Up Album You Never Knew You Needed

Watch Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent & Moses Sumney Perform ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Song At The Oscars

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