As I said in my article about Sufjan last week, I am pretty much obsessed with the man. So, it’s not too much to say that I was the most excited I’ve been in a very long time to see his show at the High Dive on Saturday evening. …and he did not disappoint.
Sufjan was amazing. Accompanied by his five-piece band that includes Nedelle Torrisi of Cryptacize singing vocals and a small horn section of trombone, trumpet and French horn, he played well-known songs like “Chicago,” “Jacksonville,” “Casimir Pulaski Day,” and “The Transfiguration.” He also played four new songs that are yet to be released called “Positive Soul,” “Age of Adz,” “There’s Too Much Love,” and “Majesty Snowbird.”
With these new songs, it’s easy to see that Sufjan is taking a new direction for his upcoming releases. His new songs are glitch-y ambient epics reaching almost ten minutes in length that sometimes feature jazz breakdowns from the horn section. Sufjan is taking a new direction with his music and while I can easily say that I would have greatly enjoyed another great baroque indie-folk record, his new songs are fantastic. Overall Sufjan put on a fantastic show and while I know it’s a bit soon, I think he just moved up to my favorite live performer.

Set List:
Impossible Soul
Upper Peninsula
Transfiguration
All Delighted People
Casimir Pulaski Day
Jacksonville
Age of Adz
To Be Alone
Dress Looks Nice on You
Majesty Snowbird
Chicago
Encore: Theres To Much Love

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