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Listen: “Calm It Down,” by Sisyphus (Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti, Son Lux)

As we announced this morning, the trio S/S/S — comprised of singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, rapper Serengeti, and producer/composer Son Lux — is putting out a full-length, self-titled LP in February and taking on a new name: Sisyphus. (As Stevens told us, the new name speaks to both the the nature of collaborative music-making and to the […]

Sisyphus (Son Lux, Serengeti, Sufjan Stevens). Photo: John Ciambriello

Sisyphus (Son Lux, Serengeti, Sufjan Stevens). Photo: John Ciambriello

As we announced this morning, the trio S/S/S — comprised of singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, rapper Serengeti, and producer/composer Son Lux — is putting out a full-length, self-titled LP in February and taking on a new name: Sisyphus. (As Stevens told us, the new name speaks to both the the nature of collaborative music-making and to the art of Jim Hodges, which inspired the name change. Also, “S/S/S started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp, so we had to change it. Eff those Nazis.”)

Commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, Sisyphus will available on limited-edition vinyl exclusively at the Walker Shop on February 14, coinciding with the opening of the exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. It goes into wide release (CD/LP/digital download) on March 18. In anticipation of its release, here’s the first track from the new recording, “Calm It Down”:

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