Photo by Philip Cosores
On November 24th, Sufjan Stevens will issue The Greatest Gift, a mixtape of unreleased songs, demos, and remixes from his studio sessions for 2015’s Carrie & Lowell. In anticipation, we’ve heard “Wallowa Lake Monster”; today, Stevens’ shared an iPhone-recorded demo of Carrie & Lowell track “John My Beloved”.
Nearly a minute shorter than the original, it’s a delicate version set to little more than the humble strum of an acoustic guitar. It also serves as a window into the intimate nature of Stevens’ recording and creative process. Hear it down below.
Revisit the original for comparison: