Sufjan Stevens shares intimate iPhone demo of “John My Beloved”: Stream

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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:

The Greatest Gift isn’t the only project up Stevens’ sleeve these days. Tomorrow, he is expected to release his original soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s new film, Call Me By Your Name.

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